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COLMAN, Samuel, painter, born in Portland, Maine, in 1832. He began early to sketch from nature in and around New York, where his father was a publisher, and became a pupil of Asher born Durand. In 1860-'62 he studied in France and Spain; in 1871 he again went abroad, and travelled in Switzerland, north Africa, Italy, France, and Spain, returning in 1876 to New York. He was elected an associate member of the National academy in 1860, and a full member in 1862, was a founder of the American society of painters in water-colors, and its first president in 1866-'71, and an original member of the Society of American artists in 1878. His studio is in New York. His pictures include " Bay of Gibraltar," " Andernach on the Rhine," " Street Scene in Caen, Normandy," " Market Day in Brittany," " Arab Caravansary" (1879), "Arab Burying-Ground," " Dutch Boats off the Coast of Holland" (1880), " Misty Afternoon in Venice" (1881), " Zandam in Holland," " Ruins of Mosque in Algeria" (1882), and "Tower of Giralda" (1884).
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