Ann Butler (painter)

Ann Butler (1813–1887) was an American tin painter. Her career represents one of the few artistic occupations felt to be satisfactory for juvenile women during the nineteenth century.

Butler was the daughter of tinsmith Aaron Butler of Greenville, New York and his wife Sarah Cornell; she was the eldest of eleven, of whom nine survived to attend Greenville Academy. Ann may have college to paint at this institution. From an in front age she was up to date with most aspects of her father's business; she even accompanied him on business trips, traveling as far as New York City. Family lore indicates that she was in warfare of decorating tinware by the age of fourteen or fifteen. She went upon to teach her sisters Minerva, Marilla, and Harriet to paint on tin as well, and their decree is greatly thesame to hers. Butler's fake ceased upon her marriage, arranged by her father, to Eli Scutt, with whom she moved to Livingstonville, where she raised three children, and where she is buried. Her father's shop at Brandy Hill in Greenville, which had been lively since on the order of 1824, ceased production in more or less 1855.

Butler signed a number of her pieces taking into consideration her full name; other works are marked bearing in mind a heard-shaped device in which her initials are included. Thanks to this, it has been doable to identify Definite stylistic characteristics of her work. Flowers are often painted in red, sometimes like blue; white paint is used to pay for delineation. Fine ink discharge duty can be found in various places, and is sometimes used to build crosshatching. Decoration is dense, with various elements painted brightly next to a dark background. One writer has describe her style as "busy".

Numerous pieces by Butler survive in the store of the American Folk Art Museum.

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