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ELLIOTT, Charles Loring, artist, born in Scipio, New York, in December 1812; died in Albany, NY., 25 Sept., 1868. In early life he was a clerk in a store in Syracuse, but devoted his leisure to drawing and painting. He came to New York about 1834, and became a pupil of Trumbull and afterward of Quidor. At first his portraits were unsuccessful, but he executed some oil paintings illustrating scenes from Irving's and Paulding's works, which attracted attention. After painting portraits for several years in the western part of the state, he returned to New York City, where he opened a studio, He was elected associate of the National academy in 1845, and academician in 1846. He is said to have painted more than 700 portraits of eminent men, among them likenesses of Fitz Greene Halleck, in the office of the publishers of this work; James E. Freeman, belonging to the National academy; Matthew Vassar, in Vassar College; Louis Gaylord Clark; W. W. Coreoran; Fletcher Harper; Fenimore Cooper (see engraving in vol. i.); Govs. Seymour and Hunt, in the New York City hall; and Erastus Coming, in the state library, Albany. Several of his works were at the National academy in 1868, including " Don Quixote," " Falstaff," "Andrew Van Corlear, the Trumpeter," his own portrait, and "The Ilead of Skaneateles Lake," said to be the only landscape that he painted.
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