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CRAIG, William, artist, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1829; drowned in Lake George, New York, in 1875. He painted in water-colors, and exhibited for the first time at the Royal academy in Dublin in 1846. His pictures became popular in Ireland, and in 1863 he settled in this country, becoming one of the original members of the American society of watercolor painters. Toward the end of his life he painted rapidly, and so his later works were not equal to those produced early in life, which have been pronounced "admirable specimens of the art, tender yet brilliant in tone, and possessed of that peculiar transparency of coloring which is so noticeable in the works of the English school." Among his paintings are " Mount Washington" (1867); "Ruins of Fort Ticonderoga" (1868); "Valley of the Rocks, Paterson, New Jersey" (1869); "On the Hudson" (1870): "Hudson River near West Point" (1871): "Metzingeis Cascade, near Fishkill, New York" (1872); and "Falls on the Boquet River" and " Kilchum Castle, Scotland" (1875).
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