Francis Daniel Devlan
Nineteenth Century Painter
Biography from Greshville Antiques and Fine Art:
Francis Daniel Devlan was born in 1835 in Paterson, New Jersey. He came to Reading, Pennsylvania with his family around 1840. He began drawing at an early age, and eventually drew many cartoons for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper during the Civil War. But he is most well known for his keen oil paintings of cows and bulls, in vivid landscapes.
While exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Devlan's paintings were described as the "pictures painted by a boy up in the mountains". F. D. Devlan died at the early age of 35.
Examples of his works can be seen at the Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery and at The Historical Society of Berks County. For more info and examples of his work, see Artists of Berks County:An Overview 1850-1920.
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