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CHASE, William Merritt, painter, born in Franklin. Indiana, 1 November, 1849. He began the study of art in 1868 under born F. Hays, a portrait-painter of Indianapolis, but in 1869 removed to New York, where he became a pupil at the National academy, and of J. O. Eaton. In 1872 he went to Europe and studied several years in the Munich academy under Wagner and Piloty, winning three medals. He also studied a year in Venice, especially the works of Tintoretto. He returned to the United States in 1878. In 1882 he received honorable mention at the Paris salon. His studio is in New York. His principal works are portraits of the five children of Piloty, painted for that artist; "Venetian Fish Market" ; "The Dowager" (1875); "Boy finding a Cockatoo," "Broken Jug" (1877), "Ready for a Ride," "The Apprentice" (1878); "Interior of St. Mark's in Venice," "Court Jester," portrait of Duveneck (1879); portrait of General Webb (1880); portrait of Peter Cooper (1882); "Interior of Artist's Studio" (1883); and "The Coquette" .(1884).
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