American painter of genre, portraits and frescoes, illustrator and writer. Born at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Served in the Civil War. Graduated from Harvard in 1869, then studied art at the Antwerp Academy from 1871 under J. van Lerius and N. de Keyser. Special correspondent for the Daily News and other papers during the Russo-Turkish War 1877-8 and for The Times and Harper's Weekly at Manila during the Spanish War 1898; also contributed short stories and drawings to American magazines. Lived mainly at Broadway, Worcestershire, from 1885 with extended visits to the USA. On friendly terms with Alfred Parsons, E.A. Abbey and John S. Sargent. Held various administrative posts in the USA in the field of the arts, including Director of Decorations, Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893, and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the National Gallery, Washington. Executed frescoes for the Custom House, Baltimore, the Federal Building, Cleveland, and other public buildings in the USA. Died in the sinking of the Titanic.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.520