John Frederick Peto

1848-1892 America/Trompe L’oeil Painting

 

Brief Biography-John Frederick Peto was a native of Pennsylvania where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. William Harnett, whom he studied with, helped him with the technique of trompe l'oeil painting. Peto moved to New Jersey in 1889 and stayed there for the remainder of his days. He was unsuccessful as an artist and made a living as a part-time musician and putting up lodgers, he did, however, sell works at low prices to tourists. He mostly painted trompe l'oeil pictures of letter boards or racks. The paintings of the still-life artist Raphaelle Peale influenced him and William Harnett somewhat.

 

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afternoon sailing

afternoon sailing

basket of
strawberries

basket of strawberries

candlestick pipe
and tobacco box

candlestick pipe and tobacco box


card rack

card rack


door with lanterns

door with lanterns

farmers hat umbrella
and basket

farmers hat umbrella and basket


fish house door

fish house door


five dollar bill

five dollar bill


gathering salt hay

gathering salt hay


hanging grapes

hanging grapes


job lot cheap

job lot cheap

jug books
and candle

jug books and candle


lights of other days

lights of other days


nine book

nine book


old letter rack

old letter rack


old time letter rack

old time letter rack


oranges wrapped

oranges wrapped


ordinary objects

ordinary objects


pipe and violin

pipe and violin

pistol gate latch
and powder horn

pistol gate latch and powder horn


portrait of lincoln

portrait of lincoln

rack picture for
william malcolm bunn

rack picture for william malcolm bunn

reminiscences of
1865

reminiscences of one eight six five

self portrait with
rack picture

self portrait with rack picture

smoking materials
and crackers

smoking materials and crackers by John Frederick Peto


still with mug

still with mug


students's materials

students's materials


the arnold inkwell

the arnold inkwell

the cup we
all race 4

the cup we all race four

the poor man's
store

the poor man's store


toms river

toms river