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POWELL, William Henry, artist, born in New York city, 14 February, 1823; died there, 6 October, 1879. He began the study of art at the age of nineteen under Henry Inman, in New York, and afterward studied in Paris and Florence. He exhibited first at tile Academy of design, New York, in 1838, and was elected an associate in 1839. His name was erased from the list in 1845 "for non-compliance with the terms of election," but he was re-elected in 1854. His historical paintings include "De Solo discovering the Mississippi," at the capitol, Washington (1848-'53);" Perry's Victory on Lake Erie," painted for the state of Ohio (1863; and again on an enlarged scale for the capitol, completed in 1873); " Siege of Vera Cruz " ; "Battle of Buena Vista"; " Landing of the Pilgrims"; " Scott's Entry into the City of Mexico"; " Washington at Valley Forge"; and " Christopher Columbus before the Court of Salamanca." He also executed numerous portraits, among them those of Albert Gallatin (1843) and Erastus C. Benedict (1855); Peter Cooper (1855); Washington Irving, Major Rob-eft Anderson, and General George B. McClellan, in the city-hall, New York; Lamartine, Eugene Sue (1853); Abd el Kader, General Robert Sehenck, Peter Stuyve-sant, Edward Delafield, and Emma Abbott. Many of his paintings have been engraved.
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