Mary Carroll Bayard
oil
30'' x 25''
Street, Robert
1796-1865

Although best known for his portraiture, Robert Street painted a variety of subjects, including, landscapes, and historical and religious scenes.  He was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia in 1796.  Details of his early life and artistic training are documented until 1815 when he exhibited "The Wood Gatherers" at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  He exhibited at the Academy again in 1817, 1818, and in 1822.

In 1824, he showed three historical paintings in Washington, DC, and in the same year he painted a portrait of Andrew Jackson that later hung in the White House.  In 1840, a major exhibition of his work was held at the Artists Fund Hall in Philadelphia.  The show was catalogued and included one hundred and seventy two works by Street and fifty paintings by past artists.  Street also participated in group shows at the Artists Guild until 1845, at the Franklin Institute in 1847 and 1851, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts until 1861, and at the Apollo Association in New York in 1838 and 1839.

He was married three times.  His sons, Ruben Correggio, Austin del Sarto, Theophilus, and Claude Lorraine, all became artists in Philadelphia.