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Robert Spear Dunning  American  1829 -1905
Born: Brunswick Maine  
Died: Westport Harbor Massachusetts  
Active: Fall River Massachusetts  1834, 1852
New York New York  
Addresses:  New York New York   
 Fall River Massachusetts  late 1850s 
 Westport Harbor Massachusetts   
Studied: National Academy of Design 
Instructors: James Roberts Thomaston, ME
Daniel P. Huntington 
Exhibited: National Academy of Design 1850-1851, 1880
American Art Union 1850
Boston Art Club 1880
Providence Art Club 
Examples of Work: Public Library and Historical Society, Fall River, Massachusetts 
Town Hall, Swansea, Massachusetts 
Specialty: Instructor
Style/School: Luminism
Trompe l'Oeil
Subjects Known For: Still Life
Teaching Positions: Fall River School 
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Robert S. Dunning (1829-1905) was born in Brunswick, Maine, but is associated with the mill city of Fall River, Massachusetts, where he spent nearly all his career. As a boy he worked in the textile mills that made Fall River a p... (More)

Robert Dunning was born in 1829. He studied with two artists in Maine before attending the National Academy of Design, where he focused on figure and portraiture painting. Dunning was employed at a mill and in costal shipping to support his studies. In 1859 he formed an artist's firm "Grouard & Dun... (More)

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