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ROSSITER, Thomas Prichard, artist, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 29 September, 1817" died in Cold Spring, New York, 17 May, 1871. He was educated in New Haven, and subsequently began the study of art there with Nathaniel Jocelyn. About 1838 he began to practise his profession in his native city, but in 1840-'1 he stud-led in London and Paris. During the next five years he had a studio in Rome, sketching and painting during the summers in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. On his return to the United States he established himself in New York, where he was chiefly engaged on his scriptural pictures, "Miriam dancing before the Hosts, Return of the Dove to the Ark" "Jeremiah the Prophet," "Ascension," "The Ideals," and "The Jews in Captivity." In 1853 he went again to Europe, making an extended tour. In December of the same year he opened a studio in Paris, where he remained about three years. During this time he produced "Joan of Arc in Prison," " Venice," " Wise and Foolish Virgins," and many other works. At the Universal exhibition of 1855 he received a gold medal for his " Venice in the 15th Century" (1854), and at the salon of the same year he was awarded a medal of the third class. From 1856 till 1860 he was in New York. after which he removed to Cold Spring, where he resided until his death. He painted a large number of pictures, mostly historical or scriptural subjects, and also numerous portraits. Besides those already mentioned, they include "The Representative Merchants," "The Home of Washington," painted in conjunction with Mignot (1858); "The Discoverers" (1859); " Washington's First Cabinet ": and a series of pictures on the "Life of Christ." He was elected an associate of the National academy in 1840, and an academician in 1849.
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