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PARADISE, John, artist, born in New Jersey, 24 October, 1783; died in New York city, 16 June, 1834. He was apprenticed to a village saddler in his youth, but, not being strong enough for the work, abandoned it for the more congenial pursuit of painting, and went to Philadelphia, where he was a pupil of Denis A. Volozan. At twenty years of age he began professional work as an artist, and in 1810 removed to New York, where he became a member of the National academy of design on its formation in 1826. Mr. Paradise was a member of the Methodist church, and is principally known by his portraits of Methodist divines, which were engraved by his son for a sectarian magazine. He had a correct eye for drawing, and therefore generally produced strong resemblances in his portraits, but his ability as an artist was not very high.--His son, John Wesley, engraver, born in 1809; died in New York city, 17 August, 1862, at the age of sixteen became a pupil of Asher B. Durand, to learn the art of engraving, and produced, in conjunction with his master, portraits of William Dunlap, Elkanah Watson, and Morgan Lewis. All of his plates are small, and for many years he was occupied principally on bank-note work. He was an associate of the National academy, but his work, which was in the line-manner, has no great merit.
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