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CHAPMAN, John Gadsby, painter, born in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1808. Having shown an early aptitude for art, he went to Italy to study, and on his return settled in New York, where he was elected a member of the National academy in 1836. He became a successful etcher and wood-engraver, made illustrations for many books, among others Harper's illustrated Bible, and published a "Drawing-Book," which has passed through many editions in this country and in England. In 1848 he returned to Italy, and since then his studio has been in Rome. He visited the United States in 1859 and again in 1878. Mr. Chapman is one of the three survivors among the original members of the Sketch club, established in New York about 1830, the others being a sister of Robert C. Sands, and Prof. Robert W. Weir. Among his works in oil are "Baptism of Pocahontas," in the capitol at Washington, "Etruscan Girl," "Sunset on the Campagna," " Vintage Scene," "Stone Pines in the Barberihi Valley," and "Valley of Mexico."
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