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Catalog Number KSa020063
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Obituary
Title Death of Another Academician
Dates of Creation 1868/09/22
Scope & Content Death of Another Academician
Mr. Shepard A. Mount, N. A., elected 184~3, departed this lire, after a short but severe illness,~ at his residence in Stony Brook, Long Island, on the 114th of the present ~month-September. Mr. Mount was born In Setauket, Long Island, the 17th of July, 1804, and consequently was in his sixty-fifth year.
From his earliest youth he was a great observer of nature and an admirer of art in every form. When quite a boy he went with his aunt, Mrs. John S. Mount, who had some business with Mr. Metcalf, to that gentleman's studio- then a portrait painter In the city of New York. Young Mount lingered so long, and was so attracted with the portraits in every state of progress, that Mr. Metcalf was most anxious to take him as a pupil; and years afterwards Mr. Mount often referred to the happiness of that day, and his unwillingness to leave the artist. At the age of seventeen his mother placed him with Mr. James Brewster, of New Haven, Connecticut, to learn the art of carriage making. He served his time faithfully, and Mr. Brewster pronounced him one of the beat workmen in the country.
Mr. Brewster having established a branch of his business In Broad street, in this city, Mr. Mount continued with him for a short time, and during that period practiced drawing evenings with his brothers, H S. Mount and William S. Mount, at the residence of the former, an early member o~ the National Academy of Design. The three brothers about that time were also engaged in drawing at the Academy from antique models.
On one occasion Mr. Morse, then president of the Academy, presented Shepard with a palette-shaped silver medal for the best drawing from the before-mentioned models. As a painter of portraits he bad attained unmistakable eminence.
His portrait of .J.D. Hewlett, Esq., in the last exhibition, was admired by the president and other leading artists for its force of color, resemblance and effect. His last works were the portrait of Rear Admiral Bailey and the portrait of a child for Mr. Abel Denison, of this e1t~. Occasionally be bit off a piece of still-life or a flower piece very effectively, and many of his small landscapes were well composed and bold wit an eye to color. He was fond of music and poetry, and sometimes committed his pleasant fantasies to paper.
His poem entitled "The Old Double Door will give one an idea of the spirit and tone of his mind. In all the relations or life he was greatly beloved, and wits admired and esteemed by those who had the pleasure f his acquaintance.
We cannot close this article bettor than by quoting from a totter written by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Seabury to the artist's sister: "Let me assure you of my sincere Christian condolence under this bereavement, and of the high and genuine respect which I reel for your brother's memory. He was a man of genius, of tender sensibilities, anti of unaffected simplicity of character. His decease will be deeply regretted, not only by his immediate relatives, but by the many, outside of his family, who loved him for his virtues, and the few who knew and appreciated his sterling merits."
Notes The Evening Post obituary for SAM Sept. 22,1868 contains complete large page of newspaper see possible rough draft KS13175