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QUARTLEY, Frederick William, engraver, born in Bath, England, 5 July, 1808 ; died in New York city, 5 April, 1874. He adopted the profession of wood-engraving at sixteen years of age, studied in Wales and in Paris, and in 1852 came to New York city, where he connected himself with several publishing-houses. His best-known work is in "Picturesque America" (New York, 1872), and "Picturesque Europe" (1875). He also painted with some success. Among his pictures are " Niagara Falls," "Butter-Milk Falls," and "Catskill Falls." --His son, Arthur, artist, born in Paris, France, 24 May, 1839; died in New York city, 19 May, 1886. When he was two years old he was taken to London, where in 1848-'50 he studied at Westminster. He came to the United States in 1851, settling in New York, where he was later apprenticed to a sign-painter. Until 1862 he followed his trade in New York, after which he went to Baltimore, engaging in business for ten years. Meanwhile for some time he had devoted his leisure hours to the study of painting, although he never had any instruction. He opened a studio in 1873, and two years later returned to New York. He improved rapidly, and soon took a high place among American marine-painters. He was elected an associate of the National academy in 1879, and an academician in 1886. In 1885 he visited Europe, remaining about one year, and returning a few months before his death. His more important paintings include "Morning Effect, North River " and "Close of a Stormy Day" (1877); "From a North River Pier-Head" and "An Afternoon in August" (1878); "Trinity from the River" (1880) ; "Queen's Birthday " (1883); and "Lofty and Lowly" and "Dignity and Impudence" (1884).
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