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NEAL, David Dolloff, artist, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, 20 October, 1837. His talent for drawing showed itself at an early age, and after going to New Orleans he attempted in his leisure there to improve himself in the art that he had already determined to follow. He decided to go to San Francisco, and after working there for some time, making drawings on wood and occasionally painting portraits, he was enabled, about 1862, through the generosity of a friend, to execute his long-cherished plan of going to Europe. He became a pupil of the Royal academy in Mmdch, and a year later married a daughter of the Chevalier Ain-mfiller, whose studio he entered, and received there his first regular lessons in oil-painting. For some time Neal devoted himself mainly to the painting of interiors, among his works of that class being " Chapel of the Nonberg Convent, Salzburg " (1864) ; "Chapel of the Kings at Westminster"; "St. Mark s" (1869); and "On the Grand Canal, Venice." But his original purpose of devoting himself to figure-painting was not forgotten, and, when opportunity offered, he became a pupil of Alexander Wagner, and about 1867 of Carl yon Piloty, with whom he studied for several years. His first figure composition, "James Watt," was exhibited at the Royal academy in London, and in 1875 he painted his best-known work, "The First Meeting of Mary Stuart and Rizzio." When it was first exhibited, in 1876, it received the great medal from the Royal Bavarian academy. His other notable works include "Retour du Chasse " (1870) ; "The Burgomaster" (1873) ; and " Oliver Crom well visits John Milton " (1883). Mr. Neal has exhibited in London, Munich, and New York, but his art-career has been passed principally in Munich, where, with the exception of occasional visits to the United States, he has resided.
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