Kinsley C. Gladding, active 1822–66


ornamental painter


Providence, Rhode Island


Kinsley C. Gladding reputedly trained in Boston and is listed in the 1824 Providence City Directory as an ornamental painter located at 136 and 192 South Main Street. His advertisements indicate that his work in "Ornamental, Sign, and Fancy Painting" ranged from the painting of "Ships' Colors, Military Standards, Masonic Banners and Aprons" to the production of "Magic Lantern Glasses, transparent or opaque," to "Timepiece and Looking-Glass Tablets in gold, silver, or colors--Enameling and Lettering on on glass." Gladding also offered "Views of Country Seats and other Buildings" and "Mourning pieces painted in India ink or colors." [Information courtesy of Sumpter Priddy III]