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MAYER, Constant, artist, born in Besancon, Prance, 4 October, 1832. He studied in Paris in the Ecole des beaux-arts and under Leon Cogniet, and followed his profession in that city till 1857, when he removed to New York. Mr. Mayer is best known by his life-sized genre pictures, many of which have been photographed or engraved, lie has contributed frequently to the Paris salon since 1865, and in 1869 was made a chevalier of the Legion of honor. He was elected an associate of the National academy in 1866, and he is also a member of the American art union. Mr. Mayer's works include portraits of General Grant and Gen Sherman ;" Beggar-Girl " (1863) ; " Consolation" (1864)" "Recognition" (1865) ; "Good Words" (1866)" " Riches and Poverty "; " Maud Muller"" " Street Melodies " (1867); "Early Grief " (1869), "Oracle of the Field"; "Song of the Shirt" (1875); "Song of the Twilight" (1879);" In the Woods" (1880) ; "The Vagabonds" (1881) ; "Lord's Day" and " Lawn Tennis" (1883); "Mandolin Player" (1884) ; "First Grief " (1885) ; and "The First Communion" (1886), which has been etched by Thomas Hovenden.
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