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Stuart, Alexander Charles

(1831-1898) Alexander Charles Stuart, born in Glasgow, is best known for his ship portraits, often signed only with his surname or monogram, a conjoined “S” and anchor. He was educated at the Royal School at Rugby, was apprenticed to a machinist and went on to study medicine. As a member of the Royal Navy he served in the Crimean War and in Australia and India. The New York City census of 1860 lists him and his family as residents. He was a member of the Union Navy from 1863 until 1866, and served on the famed “iron ship,” the Monitor. Stuart seems to have spent the years following his resignation from the Navy in the Delaware River region – Philadelphia, Camden, Chester, Wilmington. He worked for shipbuilders Harlan and Hollingsworth, and is listed in Wilmington city directories from 1881 to 1892 as a marine artist. His works are in many prominent museum collections, including that of the Peabody, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Mariners’ Museum.the Office of Naval Records, the U.S. Marine Corps Museum, and the U.S. Naval Academy.