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(1768 Framingham, Massachusetts - 1836 Worcester, Massachusetts)
Ezra Ames was born in 1768. He was the son of Jesse and Bette Bent Ames of Framingham, Massachusetts. The boy moved with his family to Staatsburg, New York.
young Ezra Ames by his favorite artistIn 1790, Ezra Ames was a furniture and carriage painter in Worcester, Massachusetts. About that time, he began to paint portraits - specializing in miniatures.
In 1794, he married Zipporah Wood of Upton, Massachetts. Their first child was born in 1795. In that year he brought his new family to Albany where he had entered the portrait and sign painting business in a waterfront shop on Mark Lane. He advertized gilding and limning and also custom painting on "signs, coaches, chaises, sleighs, standards, etc." By 1800, his modest Washington Street home included several young people. By 1815, he was listed in the city directory as a portrait painter at 41 South Pearl Street.
Over the next three decades, he produced more than 500 portraits and other works in a variety of styles - making him Albany most prolific and significant artist. His handsome portraits represent an album of early nineteenth-century Albany leaders and their families.
He was a member of a number of community-based organizations and a director of the Mechanics and Farmers Bank. He was an officer of the Albany Masonic Lodge.
Ezra Ames died in February 1836 at the age of sixty-eight. His will passed probate in April. Today, his monument is a prominent feature at the Albany Rural Cemetery.