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PARTON, Arthur, artist, born in Hudson, New York, 26 March, 1842. He studied under William T. Richards in 1859-'61, and also at the Pennsylvania academy of fine arts in Philadelphia. His first pictures were shown in Philadelphia in 1862, and he came to New York three years later, and since that time has exhibited regularly at, the Academy of design, of which he was elected an associate in 1871, and academician in 1884. During 1870-'71 he visited Europe, studying in Paris for some time. He is a member of the American water-color society, and the Artists' fund society. In 1886 he received a gold medal at the prize exhibition at the American art association for his "Evening after the Rain." His pictures include " November" (1867) ; "On the Road to Mt. Marcy" (1873) ; "A Mountain Brook" (1874) ; "Sycamores of Old Shokam," in the Amherst college collection (1876); "Delaware River, near Milford" (1879) ; "Nightfall" (1880); " The Morning Ride" (1884); " Winter on the Hudson " (1885) ; and " Evening, Harlem River" (1887.--His brother, Ernest, born in Hudson, New York, 17 March, 1845, showed a love for art at an early age, but never studied under any master. When he was twenty years old he began to devote himself entirely to painting, taking a studio in New York, where he remained until 1873. In that year he went abroad, and, after visiting Scotland and Wales, opened a studio in London, where his success decided him to remain. In 1876 he made sketching tours in Switzerland and Italy, and he visited New York in 1884-'6. He has exhibited at the Royal academy, the Grosvenor gallery, the Academy of design, New York, and the Boston art institute, where he received a medal in 1883, and he is a member of the Royal institute of painters, London, and the Artists' fund society, New York. Among his paintings are "Morning Mist " (1873); " Papa's Luncheon" (1875); " Placid Stream " (1876); "Sunny September" and " High Hall Garden" (1877); "The Silent Pool," " Reflections," and "An Bord de l'Eau" (1878); " Waning of the Year," in South Kensington museum, and "Mid-Day" (1879) ; " Silver and Gold" (1882) : " Old River-Side Tree," " Falling Leaves and Fading Trees," and "Banks of the Slugwy" (1883); "Where Memory Dwells" and "Vale of Light" (1884) ; " Streatley-on-Thames" (1885) ; and "Last of October" (1886).Another brother, Henry Woodbridge, born in Hudson. New York, 28 November. 1858, has also devoted himself to painting. Like his brother, Ernest, he has had no regular art-instruction, but began to exhibit in the Academy of design in 1878. He went to Europe in 1883, and again in 1886, studying in Paris during the winter of 1886-'7. He exhibited in the Royal academy, London, in the spring of 1884.
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