Robert Feke (Feake) (c.1705 - 1750)

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Birthplace: Oyster Bay, Queens, New York, USA
Death: Died in Bermuda
Managed by: Janice Weeks Hollenczer
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About Robert Feke (Feake)

At 24 years of age Eleanor Cozzens married Robert Feke, a member of an old respected family of Oyster Bay, Long Island. While little has been written about Eleanor, Robert, who grew to become one of the premier portrait painters of Colonial America, has had volumes composed describing his life.

The last words about Robert Feke come from the city of Philadelphia where a John Smith wrote in his diary in June 1750, “...We dined at Bror W, Logan’s, after dinner W. L. and I went to Fewke’s the painter’s and viewed several pieces and faces of his painting..,” It has been written that at this time, Feke became ill, and went to Bermuda where he had family, in order to regain his health. Perhaps it is this sickness which caused him to leave the two paintings shown earlier, unfinished. Whatever illness he had was fatal, as his death is generally assumed to have been in 1751 or 52. He never returned to America.

[Clippings from COLONIAL COZZENS by David Livingston, 2011]

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Columbia Encyclopedia: Feke, Robert

(fēk) , c.1705–c.1750, early American portrait painter, b. Oyster Bay, N.Y. He practiced in Newport, R.I., New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston. He probably studied in Europe for a time, but soon developed a very personal painting style. His best-known portrait of Isaac Royall and his family (Harvard) shows the influence of John Smibert. His masterpiece of characterization is the portrait of Reverend Thomas Hiscox (1745; The Breakers, Newport, R.I.). His works are noted for their charm and elegance of costume. There are portraits by him at the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine; and the Redwood Library, Newport, R.I. Feke disappeared at sea in 1750.

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Robert Feke's Timeline

1705
1705
Oyster Bay, Queens, New York, USA
1743
September 23, 1743
Age 38
Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York, USA
1743
Age 38
RI, USA
1744
1744
Age 39
RI, USA
1745
1745
Age 40
1747
1747
Age 42
1750
1750
Age 45
RI, USA
1750
Age 45
Bermuda
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