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Frank Blackwell Mayer glass negatives, circa 1900

Biographical Note

Painter Frank Blackwell Mayer (1827-1899), was known for his genre scenes and colonial themes, and was active in Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland.
In 1851 Mayer traveled to Minnesota Territory and observed the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, which he painted in one of his most famous works of art in 1886. Mayer lived and studied in Paris during the Civil War and settled in Annapolis on returning to the United States. He established the Artists Association of Maryland and remained active in local art and community improvement associations throughout his career.