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CLAY, Edward W., caricaturist, born in Philadelphia., Pennsylvania, in 1792; died in :New York City, 31 December, 1857. He was a relative of Henry Clay, had a liberal education, and served as a midshipman in the United States navy. He then turned his attention to the law, and, though very young, was at once appointed prothonotary of Philadelphia. His artistic tastes, however, led him to Europe, and he studied the old masters there for five years. On his return to Philadelphia he sketched "The Rats Leaving the Falling House," on the dissolution of Jackson's cabinet. This brought him into notice, and for more than twenty years he was a noted caricaturist. After the failure of his eyesight he became clerk of the Chancery court, and of the Orphan's court in Delaware.
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