Robert Salmon (1775-1858) was a marine painter born in Whitehaven, Cumberland, England as Robert Salomon. Salmon was living in London by 1800 and moved to Liverpool in 1806. Lived in port towns of Maryport and Whitehaven. Visited Liverpool and ship-building town, Greenock, Scotland. Became marine painter. 1828, came to America on packet ship, New York. Studio on Marine Railway Wharf. Lived in small hut among wharves of Boston Harbor. Painted between 300-400 paintings of the Harbor while it was growing. Paintings were in the style of 17th century Dutch genre painting. He emigrated to New York in 1828 and then settled in Boston in 1829. Work was popular and collected by Bostonians Samuel Cabot, Robert Forbes, and J.P. Cushing. Founder of American Luminism. Influenced artists like Fitz Hugh Lane, William Bradford, A.T. Bricher, James Hamilton and William Haseltine.