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George Peter Alexander Healy

Healy, George Peter Alexander, 1813–94, American painter, b. Boston. He began painting portraits at the age of 18 and, disregarding background, concentrated on producing a good likeness. Examples of his art are the portraits of Louis Philippe, François Guizot, and a self-portrait (Uffizi); Daniel Webster and Longfellow (Mus. of Fine Arts, Boston); Mrs. John C. Cruger and a self-portrait (Metropolitan Mus.); Chief Justice Taney (Capitol, Washington, D.C.); a series of the Presidents (Corcoran Gall.); and Lincoln (Newberry Library, Chicago).

See his Reminiscences of a Portrait Painter (1894).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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