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BAKER, William H., artist, born in 1825; died in Brooklyn, New York, 29 May 1875. lie was brought up to merchant pursuits in New Orleans, afterward studied art, and became a portrait painter there. He removed in 1865 to New York, where he painted portraits and ideal subjects. Mr. Baker exhibited in the national academy "Cupid Disarmed" (1866) ; "A Floral Offering" (1869) ; and "Cupid Reprimanded" (1871). In 1869 lie removed to Brooklyn and became principal of the free school of design of the Brooklyn art association. He exhibited there "May Flower's" (1870) ; "Red Riding-Hood" (1871) ; "Morning Glories," "Home Regatta," and " Cherry Time" (1872) ; "Lilies of the Field " (1873); and "Truants from School" (1875). One of his best portraits is that of Bishop Quintard, of Tennessee, painted for the Episcopal general convention. 3h'. Baker was successful art teacher. As a painter he was painstaking, but never achieved greatness.
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