Charles Loring Elliott, an American painter, born in Scipio, N. Y., in December, 1812, died in Albany, Aug. 25, 1868. He was for some time employed in a country store, but that occupation being distasteful to him, his father, who was an architect, allowed him to study drawing with a view to that profession. Elliott went to New York and became a pupil of Trumbull, and subsequently of Quidor, a painter of fancy pieces, with whom he remained long enough to acquire a knowledge of the technicalities of his art. His chief employment for some time was copying prints in oils, and he afterward attempted portraits. Some of his paintings representing scenes from Irving's and Paulding's works attracted attention. After about a year's residence in New York he returned to the western part of the state, where he practised portrait painting for about ten years. Returning to New York in 1845, he established himself there as a portrait painter, and soon rose to the head of his profession. He painted about 700 portraits, many of them of prominent persons, and all remarkable for fidelity of likeness and vigorous coloring.
Not long before his death he established his studio and residence in Albany.