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BEEST, Albert van, artist, born in Rotterdam, Holland, 11 June 1820; died in New York City, 8 October 1860. When quite young he accompanied Prince Henry of the Netherlands on a three years' journey to the east. In 1845 he came to the United States, where he made a reputation as a marine painter and teacher, living mainly in Boston and New York. As an artist he was self-taught. Among his pupils were William Bradford and R. Swain Gifford.
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