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SamuelBell Waugh

SamuelBell Waugh

1814 - 1885

Samuel Bell Waugh was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania in 1814. As a young man, he was taught to paint by artist J. R. Smith. Waugh then went to Europe to study painting on his own, spending eight years traveling between France, Italy and England. He spent his time studying the techniques of light, color, composition and style of the old masters. When he returned to the States, he settled in Philadelphia and became a popular portrait artists, even painting portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Waugh was a member of the National Academy of Design and the Artists' Fund Society. His work has been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the National Academy of Design. He paintings are represented in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D. C., the Edwin A. Ulrick Museum in Hyde Park, New York, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Waugh was from a family of successful artists; his wife Mary Eliza Young Waugh, his son Frederick Judd Waugh, his daughter Ida Waugh and his nephew Henry W. Waugh were all painters. Waugh died in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1885.


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