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PEARCE, Charles Sprague, artist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 13 October, 1851. He went to Europe in the autumn of 1873, spent the winter in Egypt, and travelled in Algiers in 1874-'5. He was the pupil of Leon Bonnat, in Paris (1873-'5), and since that time he has resided mostly in France. Since 1876 he has exhibited frequently at the Paris salon, and also in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. He has received medals and other honors at various times, notably a medal of the third class at the salon, in 1883, the Belgian grand medal of honor in 1886, and the Temple gold medal of the Philadelphia academy in 1885. His more important works include" Death of the First-Born of Egypt " (1877) ; "Pet of the Harem" (1878); "Le sacrifice d'Abraham" and " Decapitation of John the Baptist," of which the latter received honorable mention at the salon, a prize at the Philadelphia academy, and a medal in Boston (1881): "Rosina" (1882) ; "Prelude," which has been etched by Los Rios (1883); "Water-Carrier" and "Bebe et sa Sceur" (1883); "Prayer" and "Toilers of the Sea" (1884) ; "Peines de eceur " (1884) ; "Une bergere" (1886); and "St. Genevieve" (1887).
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