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PERKINS, Charles Callahan, author, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1 March, 1823; died in Windsor, Vermont, 25 August, 1886. His early years were spent in Boston, and he was graduated at Harvard in 1843. He then went to Europe, residing first in Rome, and later in Paris, where he studied painting under Ary Scheffer. He also devoted much attention to music, continuing his studies in that direction on his return to Europe in 1851. During a later visit in 1865 he studied etching, and subsequently etched the illustrations for his works on the Tuscan and Italian sculptors, being" one of the earliest to practise the art in the United States. In 1867 he was made a member of the Legion of honor, and in 1868 he became a corresponding member of the French institute. He accomplished much toward the advancement of his favorite arts in this country, through his writings and lectures, and in the many offices that he filled. He was president of the Boston art club in 1869-'79, a founder and honorary director of the Boston museum of fine arts, a member of the school board of Boston in 1870-'83, one of the projectors of the Boston music hall, and president of the Handel and Haydn society in 1875-'86, whose performances he also occasionally conducted. In 1883 he began to publish a history of this society, and finished vol. i, part 1-2 (Boston, 1883-'6). It was continued after his death by John S. Dwight. Mr. Perkins met his death by being thrown from a carriage, while driving with William M. Evarts. He was widely known as an able art-critic and writer on art-topics, and was the author of "Tuscan Sculptors" (2 vols., London, 1864) ; "Italian Sculptors " (1868) ; "Art in Education" (New York, 1870) ; " Raphael and Michelangelo" (Boston, 1878) ; "Sepulchral Monuments in Italy" (New York, 1883); "Historical Hand-Book of Italian Sculptors" (1883); and "Ghiberti et son 5eole" (Paris, 1886). He was also critical editor of John D. Champlin's " Cyclopaedia of Painters and Paintings" (4 vols., New York, 1886-'7).
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