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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 240 [newspaper clipping], April 1880

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Identifier: DX03011875

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 240 [newspaper clipping], April 1880

Description: Article regarding the death of artist George Baker, including portrait.

Transcription:

GEORGE A. BAKER. {FROM A PHOTOGRAPH BY SARONY.}

[Gunn’s note:] The Artist who painted Lotty [Kidder]’s portrait. He was married to one of her aunts. April, 1880

[newspaper clipping]

GEORGE A. BAKER, N. A

Mr. Baker, recently deceased, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, was one of the best known of American painters. He was the friend of [John Frederick] Kensett, and the contemporary of Elliot, Henry Peters, Gray and Daniel Huntington, of whom only the last remains. Mr. Baker was born in 1821, and had consequently drawn the most of the prizes life presented to his ambition. He was the pupil of his father, a well-known miniature painter of his day. In early life he studied about two years in Rome. He was the painter of a number of historical and genre compositions during the former portions of his career, but for the past ten or fifteen years he has devoted himself almost exclusively to portraits, chiefly of ladies and children, to which branch of art his delicate, graceful style seemed best adapted. In certain qualities his portraits resemble those of Gilbert Stuart. He was the best remaining portrait painter of the present generation. Mr. Baker was a man of winning personal manner and made many friends.

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1880-04

Type(s): Clipping, Newspaper
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Artists
Diaries
Obituaries

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