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Henry Roderick Newman
Dates: American, about 1843 - c.1917
Biographical Account:

Newman was an American artist who trained to become a doctor, but taught himself to draw by studying from nature. He started to teach art in America and became a pupil of the artist Gérôme in Paris. Newman moved to Florence in 1870 where he started to paint landscape and architectural scenes, and copies of famous paintings for American travellers.  He met John Ruskin in 1877, who admired his work greatly and commissioned various works, including architectural views and natural history studies from him.

 

Newman based himself in Florence and became a successful commercial artist. He had numerous patrons in America and his salon, or private gallery was popular amongst European travellers. At the salon, potential customers would look at his work in progress and order similar scenes or their favourite views or buildings to be painted by him.

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