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Blackburn, Joseph

itinerant portrait painter who, working in Bermuda (c. 1752-53) and later in New England (c. 1753-64), introduced the decorative tradition of English Rococo portraiture to the American colonies. Blackburn's English connections and sophisticated painting style caused many wealthy American colonists to seek his services.

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