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WILLIAM MERRITT CHASE (1849– )

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 956 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WILLIAM MERRITT CHASE (1849– ), American painter, was born at Franklin, Indiana, on the 1st of November 1849. He was a pupil of B. F. Hays at Indianapolis, of J. O. Eaton in New York, and subsequently of A. Wagner and Piloty in Munich. In New York he established a school of his own, after teaching with success for some years at the Art Students' League. A worker in all mediums—oils, water-colour, pastel and etching—painting with distinction the figure, landscape and still-life, he is perhaps best known by his portraits, his sitters numbering some of the most important men and women of his time. Mr Chase won many honours at home and abroad, became a member of the National Academy of Design, New York, and for ten years was president of the Society of American Artists. Among his important canvases are " Ready for the Ride " (Union League Club, N.Y.), " The Apprentice," " Court Jester," and portraits of the painters Whistler and Duvenecle; of General Webb and of Peter Cooper.
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