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CLOUGH, George L., painter, born in Auburn, ST. Y., 18 September, 1824. His natural taste for drawing was evinced at an early age, and when he was ten years old he thought off little else. At this time a wagon-painter; who had seen several of his sketches, gave him some colors on a bit of shingle, with brushes and a smooth piece of board, and Clough made his first oil-painting, which he still retains. He entered the service of the local physician, who, knowing his predilections, arranged his work in such a way that he could devote part of his time to painting. When he was eighteen years old a portrait-painter named Palmer gave him some lessons in return for studio work, and after a year he began to paint pictures or anything else that promised a support. About 1844 Charles L. Elliot came to Auburn to take Governor Seward's portrait, and from him Clough obtained his first ideas of really good, artistic work. Securing some chance commissions, he was enabled to visit New York and obtain further instruction from Elliot, who always remained his firm friend. In 1850 he went to Europe and copied pictures in the principal galleries of the continent, and after his return he generally resided near New York, where he found a ready sale for his paintings.
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