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BROWN, George Loring, painter, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 2 February, 1814. He began to draw when eight years old, and was allowed to cultivate his talent. He went to the Franklin school, won the silver medal, and at twelve years of age was apprenticed to a wood-engraver. Experimenting with colors, his efforts attracted the attention of an artist, and he was introduced to Mr. Cushman, a wealthy merchant. Young Brown modestly asked for $100, with which to go to Europe, which sum Mr. Cushman advanced, and he set sail. On reaching Antwerp he had but $25 left, but borrowed $15 more from the captain of the brig, and worked his way to London, where he was befriended by Mr. Cheeney, the American engraver, until after ten months he had a remittance from home. He spent two years in close study, and then returned to Boston, where he opened a studio, and studied under Washington Allston. He went abroad again in 1840, and studied in Paris under Eugene Isabey. He spent twenty years in Antwerp, Rome, Florence, Paris, and London, and returned to the United States in 1860, with a high reputation as a landscape painter at home and abroad. Among his more important pictures are "The Bay of New York" (1860), presented to the prince of Wales, as a memento of his visit to this country, by a number of New York gentlemen; " The Crown of New England" (1861), purchased from the artist by the prince of Wales; "Venice"; "Sunset. Genoa" ; "Niagara by Moonlight" (1876) "Capri" (1878); "Doge's Palace at Sunset" (1881); "Sunrise, Venice" (1882); and "Doge's Palace at Sunrise" (1885).
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