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PERRY, Enoch Wood, artist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 31 July, 1831. About 1848 he went to New Orleans, and thence to Europe, where he studied in 1852-'3 in Dusseldorf and Paris. After this he spent some time in Rome and in Venice, where he was United States consul from 1856 till 1858, in which year he returned to this country, settling in Philadelphia. Here he remained two years, then visited New Orleans, San Francisco, and other places in the south and west, and about 1863 sailed for the Sandwich islands. Finally, in 1865, he went to New York, where he has since resided. During 1871-'3 he was recording secretary in the Academy of design, and has held the same post in the American art union during its existence. He exhibited first in the Academy of design in 1858, was elected an associate in 1868, and academician in 1869. He is also a member of the American water-color society. Among his genre pictures are " The Weaver" and " Fireside Stories" (1869) ; " Lost Art " (1871) ; "Thanksgiving Time" (1872) ; " The Old Story," "Young Franklin and the Press," in the Buffalo academy of fine arts (1875); " Words of Comfort," " The Sower" (1877); "The Story" (1878) ; "Tabouret" (1880); "Mother and Child" (1881) ; "Afternoon Nap " and " The Story-Book" (1882) ; "Grandfather's Slippers " (1883) ; "Solitaire" (1884) ; " The Letter" and "A Modern Eve " (1885) ; "The Milkmaid" and " Fortunes" (1886) ; and "The Wicker-Workers" and "The Cradle-Song" (1887). His numerous portraits include those of Jefferson Davis, John C. Breekinridge, and John Slidell, painted about 1860, King Kamehameha IV. and Kamehameha V., and General Grant.
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