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HENNESSY, William J., painter, born in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1839. He came to New York with his family when he was ten years old, entered the National academy in 1856, and became an artist. Since 1870 he has resided in London, England, but has spent most of the time in Normandy. He was made an associate of the National academy in 1862, academician in 1863, and has been a member of the New York artists' fund society since its organization. He has been successful as an illustrator, and his paintings in oil and water colors include" On the Sands," "Autumn: the New England Hills," "An Evening on the Thames," "New England Barberry Pickers," " The Votive Offering," "Normandy Cider Orchard" (1880); "Jocund Spring" (1881); "With the Birds" (1883); "'Twixt Day and Night" (1884); and "Flowers of May" (1885).
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