Eliphalet Frazer Andrews is considered an American portrait and general picture painter. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio in 1835 and died in Washington on March 15,1915. He received his initial art training at Marietta College in Ohio (Lilly Martin Spencer also received her initial training at Marietta). Andrews then traveled to Europe to study at the Academy in Berlin. He studied with Ludwig Knaus, at the Dusseldorf Academy and while in Paris at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts with Leon Bonnat (1838-1922). Under the patronage of the late W.W Corcoran, Andrews founded the Corcoran School of Art, of which he was the director from 1877 to 1902. He was also a member of the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C.
Andrews painted several of the portraits shown in the White House, including Martha Washington, Dolly Madison, and Thomas Jefferson.
This painting "Hard to Shoe" was shown at the Academy of Design, New York in 1864 (Exhibition of the National Academy 1861-1900 volume 1, page 13, entry #113), the same year it was painted.
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Biography courtesy of Roughton Galleries, www.antiquesandfineart.com/roughton