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GRAY, Henry Peters, artist, born in New York City, 23 June, 1819; died there, 12 November, 1877. He entered the studio of Daniel Huntington in 1838, and in the following year went to Europe for study. In 1843 he returned to New York and executed several genre and historical paintings. He made a second trip to Europe in 1846, where he produced several of his most characteristic works, including "Cupid begging his Arrows," "Proserpine and Bacchus," and " Teaching a Child to Pray." He then established himself in New York, and was elected, in 1869, president of the National academy, which place he held until 1871, when he went to Florence, and remained there till 1874. Classical subjects were his favorites, and he was fond of studying the old Venetian masters, especially Titian. During the latter years of his life he devoted his time to the painting of portraits, of which he left more than 250. Among his works are "Wages of War" ; "Hagar and the Angel" ; "Cleopatra" ; "Charity" ; "St. Christopher" ; "I Fiore di Fiesole "; "Portia and Bassanio "; "Genevieve "; "The Model from Cadore" : "The Immortality of the Soul" ; "The Birth of Our Flag" ; "Greek Lovers" ; "Twilight Musings" ; "Normandy Girl" ; an illustration of Irving's "Pride of the Village "; and the "Apple of Discord," for which he was commended by the judges at the Centennial exhibition in Philadelphia (1876).
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