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HAMILTON, James, artist, born in Ireland in 1819; died 10 March, 1878. While he was a boy his parents emigrated to Philadelphia, where he became a teacher of drawing, at the same time studying painting. He went to London in 1754, and after his return to Philadelphia, two years later, was employed in the illustration of books. He furnished illustrations for Dr. Kane's "Arctic Explorations," the "Arabian Nights," Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner," and other popular works. His best pictures are "Capture of the Serapis," "Old Ironsides," "Wrecked Hopes," "Egyptian Sunset," "Morning off Atlantic City," and "Moonlight Scene near Venice." He was particularly successful in his marine views.
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