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Born into a distinguished Baltimore family, Frank Mayer was encouraged to pursue a career in painting by the artist Alfred Jacob Miller. After brief study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Mayer returned to his hometown in 1847 to accept a position as librarian of the Maryland Historical Society. At this time, he began formal ... MORE

This three-quarters-length portrait of Francis Dubose Richardson depicts a distinguished member of the Richardson family, whose lineage traces through seventeenth-century America to England.  Painted in 1854 by Theodore Sidney (Sydney) Moise, when Richardson was forty-two years of age and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, ... MORE