Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait
(1819-1905)

Arthur F. Tait taught himself artistic skill by copying paintings from the Royal Academy Institute of Manchester, England. He became a specialist in sporting, animal and frontier scenes. During his teen years Tait worked for a Manchester art dealer, which also helped increase his artistic knowledge. He became more interested in frontier life when he assisted George Catlin with his traveling Indian Gallery. In 1850 Tait moved to New York City and also established a camp in the Adirondack Mountains. He used this camp as a basis for many of his paintings. Tait became extremely popular due to the lithographs of his sport and frontier scenes. He was also known for still lifes of dead game hanging on a wall. Tait worked with Louis Maurer to create a series of Indian and Western paintings. He died in 1905.