Artist, illustrator, writer, teacher and critic, Lovell Birge Harrison’s (1854-1929) multifaceted talents placed him among the first rank of American artists, in figure, landscape and marine painting, in a career that spanned the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth. In 1876, while Harrison was still a student, he met the impressive John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Sargent advised Harrison to terminate his studies with Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and to further his art education in Paris. Harrison took Sargent’s advice and soon left for France.

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