Excerpt from The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Organized November 11, 1862, Incorporated December 4, 1862, Gallery Opened December 23, 1862: A Historical Sketch
About this time another portrait painter by the name of Jackson must have been here. He, too, did a great deal of work among the first families, and his pictures show him to have been an artist of skill and precision.
A little later Buffalo contained quite a number of artists of more or less prominence or merit. Among them was one Carpenter, of whom I know little except that he must have had considerable facility with the brush, judging from what few works I have seen attributed to him.
The next that occurs to my memory was Matthew Wilson, also an Englishman and closely connected 'by marriage with one of the best families in the city. Mr. Wilson added to his skill as an artist many smaller accomplishments, being a witty leader of society as well as an expert chess-player. When I came to Buffalo he was in Europe, studying, as he has told me, under the celebrated French painter, the late Couture. I did not make his acquaintance until 1852, when he returned to resume his paint ing here.
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