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COFFIN, William Anderson, painter, born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, 31 January, 1855. He was graduated at Yale in 1874, and remained in the United States for three years, preparing to become an artist. In October, 1877, he went to Paris and spent four months as a student with Jacquesson de la Chevraise, and three years with Leon Bonnat. Returning to America in 1880, he remained nearly a year and then went again to Paris. in October, 1882, he opened a studio in :New York. He exhibited two pictures in the Paris salon of 1879, two in that of 1880, and one in 1882. He first exhibited in the National academy, New York, in 1881. in 1886 he was awarded the Hallgarten prize of 8200 for his picture in the National academy. His most notable works are "Une academie de pein-ture moderne" and " Un auberge en Bretagne" (1879); "Joueur de Mandoline" and "Le Pere Jean" (1880); "An Examination" (time of Louis XIII.), and "The Close of Day" (1881); "Portrait of a Gentleman" (1882); "Reflections " and "Five O'clock in the Morning" (1884); "Lady in Black" and "Day-Dreams" (1885); "Moonlight in Harvest " and "The Hayfield" (1886).
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