|born on||23 September 1734 Jul.Cal. (4 Oct 1734 greg.) at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )|
|Place||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 39n57, 75w10|
|Timezone||LMT m75w10 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||11°02' 05°11 Asc. 04°09'|
American "Colonial Era" artist famous for his portraits of American men and women.
He was apprenticed to his uncle, artist James Claypoole (a limner and painter) from 1745 to 1755. In 1764 he escorted his cousin, Betsey Shewell to England for her marriage to the American "expatriate" artist Benjamin West. Pratt stayed on in England for two and a half years as a pupil and colleague to West. It was during this time that he painted one of his best known works "The American School".
In March of 1768 he returned to America. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 9, 1805.
Sy Scholfield quotes copies of memorandums made by Pratt in "Autobiographical Notes of Matthew Pratt, Painter," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 19, No. 4 (1895), pp. 460-467: "born between Walnut and Chestnut streets at 8 o'clock in the morning . . . [on] 1734, September 23rd" (p. 460).
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Portrait painter)