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MAY, Caroline, author, born in England about 1820. Her father, Roy. Edward Harrison May, came to this country from England in 1834, and was for many years pastor of one of the Dutch Reformed churches of New York city. She first wrote poems under the pen-name of "Caromaia," and has published "American Female Poets, with Biographical and Critical Notices" (Philadelphia, 1848) ; "Treasured Thoughts from Favorite Authors" (1850); "' The Woodbine, a Holiday Gift" (1852) ; "Poems" (New York, 1864) ; and "Hymns on the Collects" (1872). She is also a painter and a musician, and now (1888) has a collection of poems ready for publication.--Her brother, Edward Harrison, artist, born in England in 1824; died in Paris. France, 17 May, 1887, was brought to this country in childhood and studied civil engineering, which he abandoned for art, becoming a pupil of Daniel Huntington, and later, in 1851, of Couture, in Paris, whose style is suggested in his later works. During the Franco-Prussian war he was a captain of the American ambulance, aided the surgeons in attending the wounded, and received a medal for his services. He was elected an associate of the National academy in 1876, and received a medal of the third class at Paris in 1855. His works include "The Dying Brigand" (in the Philadelphia academy of fine arts) ; "Christopher Columbus signing his Will in Prison "; "Lady Jane Grey presenting' her Tablets to the Governor of the Tower":" Franklin playing at Chess with Lady Howe": "Molidre Reading" ; "Francis I. lamenting the Death of his Son" ; "Ophelia" ; "L'Alsacienne "' ; " Milton dictating to his Daughters"; "Lady Eliza Pelham-Clinton as Marguerite "; "Le Chanson" : "By the Rivers of Babylon, or the Captive Jews" (in the Century club, New York); portraits of Laboulaye and Count Gasparin (in Union club, New York); "Mary Magdalene at the Sepulchre" (presented by Caroline May to the Metropolitan museum, New York) ; "Pursued" : "Pandora" ; "Le lever de Mademoiselle" ; and many other tableaux de. genre and portraits.
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