ALLSTON SELF PORTRAIT|
This is a self-portrait by Washington Allston (1779-1843). Born in South Carolina in 1779, Allston attended the school of Robert Rogers in Newport, Rhode Island. A year after graduating from Harvard in 1800, he went to England and remained there until the end of 1803, when he went to Paris. Gerdts and Stebbins  wrote that Allston's purpose in Paris was to study the old masters in the Louvre. More specifically, they wrote, he studied the "great painters of the Venetian Renaissance." Allston lived in Boston 1808 to 1811; England 1811 to 1818; Boston 1818-1830; and finally Cambridgeport 1830-1843.
When Washington Allston died unexpectedly in 1843, Winslow Homer was only seven, yet during his adolescence in Cambridge, as an aspiring artist, young Winslow was well positioned to have been influenced by the legacy and ideas of Allston.