Bamboos in the Macqueripe Valley (Cazabon, 1849)


DATE OF BIRTH: September 20, 1813
PLACE OF BIRTH: Naparima, Trinidad
EDUCATION: St. Edmund's College, Ware, England
CAREER:                                 Cazabon left Trinidad in 1826 to get his high school education at St. Edmund's College; he returned in 1830. He moved with his mother to Port-of-Spain in 1837 and, later that year, left to study art in Paris, France, where his work was displayed for the first time in 1839 at the Salon du Louvre in Paris. Between 1841 and 1842, Cazabon studied in Italy. He began to focus on painting landscapes and his work was exhibited repeatedly at the Salon du Louvre from 1843 through 1847. He returned home in 1848 and began painting some of the landscapes of north-west Trinidad. Between 1850 and 1856, he was commissioned to paint for the third Lord Harris who was the Governor of Trinidad from 1846 to 1854. He moved to Martinique, the home of his parents, in 1862 but returned to Trinidad in 1870. In 2002, Lord Harris's collection of Cazabon's paintings could be viewed in the South Bedroom of the Harris family Georgian house "Belmont" in Kent, England. His art exhibits include:
  • 1839 - Salon du Louvre, Paris, France
  • 1843-47 - Salon du Louvre, Paris, France
  • 1866 - Martinique
  • 1886 - Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, England
  • 2002 - "A Challenging Endeavor: The Arts in Trinidad and Tobago," Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA
  • The South Bedroom at Belmont, Faversham, Kent, England
DIED: November 20, 1888, of a heart attack in Trinidad.
Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit