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Renowned for his detailed and realistic Civil War marine paintings, Xanthus Smith was born in Philadelphia, into a highly accomplished family of artists. He was the son of the successful theatrical and landscape painter, Russell Smith, and Mary Priscilla Wilson Smith, who specialized in still life and floral genres. Both parents gave Xanthus ... MORE

An important figure in the Hudson River School, William Sonntag created dramatic landscapes that extolled the grandeur of the American outdoors. Born near Pittsburgh, Sonntag undertook formal training at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts under Godfrey Frankenstein in the 1840s. He subsequently established a studio in that ... MORE

Scottish-born Alexander Charles Stuart was an accomplished ship portrait and marine painter who worked primarily on navy bases and shipyards along the Delaware River, as well as in Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. In an 1896 account of his life, Stuart recorded that he had grown up in Glasgow, then a major shipbuilding city, and studied ... MORE