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EMANUEL LEUTZE (1816–1868)

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 505 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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EMANUEL LEUTZE (1816–1868), American artist, was born at Gmiind, \Vurttemberg, on the 24th of May 1816, and as a child was taken by his parents to Philadelphia, where he early displayed talent as an artist. At the age of twenty-five he had earned enough to take him to Dusseldorf for a course of art study a t the royal academy. Almost immediately he began the painting of historical subjects, his first work, " Columbus before the Council of Salamanca," being purchased by the Dusseldorf Art Union. In 186o he was commissioned by the United States Congress to decorate a stairway in the Capitol at Washington, for which he painted a large composition, " Westward the Star of Empire takes its Way." His best-known work, popular through engraving, is " Washington crossing the Delaware," a large canvas containing a score of life-sized figures; it is now owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He became a member of the National Academy of Design in 186o, and died at Washington, D.C., on the 18th of July 1868. LEVALLOIS-PERRET, a north-western suburb of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, 21 M. from the centre of the city. Pop. (1906) 61,419. It carries on the manufacture of motor-cars and accessories, carriages, groceries, liqueurs, perfumery, soap, &c., and has a port on the Seine.
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