Susanna Paine

Susanna Paine, also known as Susannah and Susan (June 9, 1792 – November 10, 1862), was an American portrait artist in New England in the 19th century. She published poetry, a Christmas hymn, a novel, and an autobiography entitled Roses and Thorns, or Recollections of an Artist.

As a teenager girl, she was an excellent student, but needed to quit bookish at the age of 11 to care for her sick grandmother. At 15, she taught hypothetical and a year well ahead joined an academy in Providence, Rhode Island, where she earned her exaggeration through researcher by making and selling needlework. She graduated with highest honors and expected a educational that she operated for years. Paine gave the profits to her family, and she helped sustain them throughout most of her life.

She had a sudden marriage characterized by abuse and control. A child was born to the couple, but died 11 months later. Before the child's birth, Paine had left her husband and obtained a divorce. To withhold herself, she taught hypothetical for a epoch and subsequently began to enactment as a portraitist. She traveled throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine accepting commissions for portraits of individuals or families from 1826 through 1862. Because she lived a mobile lifestyle, she had few enduring relationships. The closest personal link of her liveliness was in imitation of her mother. She raised a girl, however, for three years and taught her how to paint. Once she became a professional portraitist she had periods of financial security, but that and her inborn health vacillated more than the course of her career.

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