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KING, Charles Bird, artist, born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1785; died in Washington, D. C., 19 March, 1862. He studied with Leslie and Allston in London, where he resided and painted portraits for several years. He finally established himself in Washington, D. C., in 1822, where he remained until his death, Here he numbered among his sitters eminent men of all countries. His pictures were prized for their truthfulness rather than for delicacy of finish. During his life and by bequest he presented to the Redwood library of his native city the sum of $9,000 in money, nearly three hundred valuable books, fourteen bound volumes of engravings, and over two hundred paintings.
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