Born in South Carolina, Washington Allston spent his youth in Newport Rhode Island before studying at Harvard (B.A. 1800). He studied painting with Benjamin West at the Royal Academy (1801-03) before traveling on the Continent, where he made the acquaintance of Coleridge. After returning to America (1808-10) he settled in England where he enjoyed some success as a painter and poet before financial difficulties compelled him to return to America, where he spent his later years living in Massachusetts.
The sylphs of the seasons with other poems. 1813.
Monaldi, a tale. 1841.
Lectures on art, and poems. 1850.
The correspondence of Washington Allston, ed. Nathalia Wright. 1993.