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ARMSTRONG, David Maitland, artist, born in Newburg, New York, about 1837. He was graduated at Trinity College, Hartford, in 1858, studied law in New York, and practiced that profession for a short time. It soon became evident to him that his choice of the law was a mistake, and he turned his attention to art. He studied in Rome and Paris under the best teachers, and divided his time mainly between Italy and New York. For four years he was United States consul-general for Italy, resident at Rome, and was director of the American art department at the Paris exposition of 1878, when he received the decoration of the Legion of Honor.
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