Landing of the Pilgrims, 1851


Frederick E. Cohen (American, 1818-1858)

Noted as a portrait, genre, historical, scenery, and “fancy” painter, Frederick E. Cohen was born in England in 1818.  He apparently immigrated to Upper Canada sometime before the Rebellion of 1837-38 and crossed into Detroit from Woodstock, Ontario in 1837.  There he found employment as a decorative artist, painting panels for Great Lakes Passenger vessels.

He remained in Detroit until 1853, a successful and well-known, if eccentric, personification of the artistic profession, who seems to have played his role with gusto.  As described in 1909 by Armand H. Griffith, then director of the Detroit Museum of Art, “He was a true bohemian if there ever was one”.