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DE HAAS, William Frederick, marine painter, born in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1830; died in Fayal, Azores, 16 July 1880. He studied in his native City and at the Hague, emigrated to New York in 1854, and devoted himself to painting coastscenery. He exhibited at the National academy, New York, in 1867, " Sunrise on the Susquehanna"; in 1875, " FishingBoats off Mt. Desert," " Boon Island, Coast of Maine," and "Midsummer Noon, Biddeford Beach " ; in 1876, "The Lower Harbor of Halifax " and " Evening at Halifax" ; in 1877, "Narragansett Pier.
"His brother, Maurice Frederick Hendriek De Haas, born in Rotterdam in 1832, studied at Rotterdam and the Hague, and went to London in 1851, where he painted in watercolors for a year. He made many sketches on the English and Dutch coasts, and in 1857 was appointed artist to the Dutch navy. The subjects of his earlier pictures are chiefly from the English Channel and French coast. Among them are " Storm off the Isle of Jersey" and "After the Wreck." In 1859 he removed to New York, where he was elected an associate to the National academy in 1863, an academician in 1867, and was one of the original members of the American society of painters in watercolors. Among his numerous pictures are" Farragut's Fleet passing the Forts below New Orleans," " The Yacht Dauntless off Dover," "Deserting the Burning Ship," "Off the Coast of France," " Sunset at Sea," " The Breaking up of a Storm at Star Island," "The Beach at West Hampton," " Early Morning off the Coast," "White Island Lighthouse," "Drifted Ashore in a Fog," "Long Island Sound by Moonlight," " The Shipwreck," " Moonrise and Sunset," "Dundle Cove, Isle of Wight," "Sunset at Cape Ann," " A Marine View, Scarborough," and "The Rapids above Niagara."
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