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FLAGG, George Whiting, artist, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 26 June 1816. He passed his boyhood in Charleston, South Carolina, afterward studied art with his uncle, Washington Allston, and excited admiration by his precocity, as shown in a portrait of Bishop England, and other efforts. "A Boy Listening to a Ghost Story," " A Young Greek," and "Jacob and Rachel at the Well," belong to this period of his career. A picture entitled the "Murder of the Princes," from "Richard Ill.," procured him the patronage of Luman Read, of New York, through whose aid he spent three years in study in Europe, and afterward lived for six years in London. He afterward returned to New Haven, and subsequently removed to New York City. His works comprise historical and genre pictures, with some portraits.
Among those best known may be mentioned "Landing of the Pilgrims"; "Landing of the Atlantic Cable"; "Washington Receiving his Mother's Blessing," which has been frequently engraved;" The Good Samaritan" ; and " Columbus and the Egg" (1867). "The Match Girl," "Haidee," and "The Scarlet Letter" were painted in London. Mr. Flagg was elected a member of the National academy of design in 1851. The "London Art Journal" refers to his "Haidee" as "a single figure painted with much tenderness." The same authority said of his "Columbus ": "It is generally low in tone, but rich and harmonious in color, and the heads are distinguished by much nobility of character." On account of ill health, Mr. Flagg has painted but little of late years.
His brother, Jared Bradley Flagg, artist, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 16 June 1820, studied painting with George Whiting Flagg, and also received instruction from Washington Allston. When only sixteen years old, he exhibited in the National academy a portrait of his father, which was favorably noticed by the critics. He settled in Hartford, but in 1849 removed to New York, and the following year was elected an academician. He pursued the study of theology at intervals in connection with that of art, and entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1854. He received the degree of A. M. from Trinity College in 1861, and that of S. T. D. from Columbia in 1863. For ten years he devoted himself to the discharge of his duties, when he returned to the practice of his art. Dr. Flagg has occasionally painted ideal figure pictures, but still makes portraits a specialty. Among the more notable of the latter are pictures of several of the judges of the New York court of appeals, including a three-quarter length of Chief Justice Church, which have been placed in the new capitol ; a life-size full-length of William M. Evarts, also to be hung in the capitol (1887); and several portraits of Commodore Vanderbilt, one of which hangs in the directors' room at the Grand Central depot, New York. His other pictures include" Holy Thoughts" and "Paul before Felix" (1849), and "Angelo and Isabella " (1850).
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