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Huntington, Daniel

HUNTINGTON, DANIEL (1816-1906), American artist, was born in New York on the 14th of October 1816. In 1835 he studied with S. F. B. Morse, and produced " A Bar-Room Politician " and " A Toper Asleep." Subsequently he painted some landscapes on the river Hudson, and in 1839 went to Rome. On his return to America he painted portraits and began the illustration of The Pilgrim's Progress, but his eyesight failed, and in 1844 he went back to Rome. Returning to New York in 1846, he devoted his time chiefly to portrait-painting, although he has painted many genre, religious and historical subjects. He was president of the National Academy from 1862 to 1870, and again in 1877-1890. Among his principal works are: "The Florentine Girl," "Early Christian Prisoners," "The Shepherd Boy of the Campagna," " The Roman Penitents," " Christiana and Her Children," " Queen Mary signing the Death- Warrant of Lady Jane Grey," and " Feckenham in the Tower " (1850), " Chocorua " (1860), " Republican Court in the Time of Washington," containing sixty-four careful portraits (186!), " Sowing the Word " (1869), " St Jerome," " Juliet on the Balcony" (1870), "TheNarrows, Lake George" (1871), "Titian " " Clement VII. and Charles V. at Bologna," " Philosophy and Christian Art " (1878), " Goldsmith's Daughter " (1884). His principal portraits are: President Lincoln, in Union League Club, New York; Chancellor Ferris of New York University; Sir Charles Eastlake and the earl of Carlyle, the property of the New York Historical Society; President Van Buren, in the State Library at Albany; James Lenox, in the Lenox Library; Louis Agassiz (1856-1857), William Cullen Bryant (1866), John A. Dix (1880) and John Sherman (1881). He died on the 19th of April 1906 in New York City.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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