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RITTER, Henry, Canadian artist, born in Montreal, Canada, in 1816; died 21 December, 1858. He was designed by his father for a commercial career, but, his love for art early asserting itself, he obtained permission to visit Europe and pursue professional studies. He first went to Hamburg, but finally settled in Dusseldorf, where he obtained the highest prizes in the local academies. His favorite subjects were connected with the sea. Mr. Ritter possessed a certain originality of invention, his coloring was good, and his execution showed great care. Among his principal works are "Smugglers struggling with English Soldiers" (i839); "Le Panfaron"; and "A Marriage Proposal in Normandy" (1842). One of his best works is his " Young Pilot Drowned," which was purchased by the Art society of Prussia. His health having failed, he was not able to complete his largest canvas, " The Poacher," till 1847. His " Indians flying before a Burning Prairie" contains some of his most conscientious drawing. At his death Ritter left unfinished a large number of small pictures. He also mgde marly sketches for purposes of illustration, among them a series for an edition of the works of Washington Irving that was not published until after his death.
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