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Chase, William Merritt (01 November 1849–25 October 1916), artist and teacher, was born in Nineveh, Indiana, the son of David Hester Chase, a merchant, and Sarah Swaim. At age twelve Chase moved with his family to Indianapolis, where he attended public schools and worked in his father’s shoe store. Chase showed little interest in commerce but demonstrated considerable artistic talent. Around 1866 he began to study with local painters Barton S. Hays and Jacob Cox. Bored with the shoe store and Indianapolis, Chase joined the U.S. Navy as an apprentice in 1867. He quickly realized that he had made a mistake and successfully sought a discharge within a few months. Cox and Hays then convinced David Chase to send his son to New York City to study at the National Academy of Design....

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Henri, Robert (24 June 1865–12 July 1929), artist and teacher, was born Robert Henry Cozad in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of John Jackson Cozad, a riverboat gambler and land speculator, and Theresa Gatewood. His father invested in 50,000 acres in Nebraska to found a city, and in 1873 or 1874 he moved the family to the frontier, where he formed the agricultural community of Cozad. Young Robert spent his next few years on the family ranch, attending school intermittently in Cozad and at the Chickering Classical and Scientific Institute in Cincinnati, to which he returned each fall in 1875, 1877, 1878, and 1879. The Cozads moved to Denver in 1881, and on a visit to his Nebraska property the next year John Cozad killed one of his workers in a fight over wages. The family fled an arrest warrant, settling in Atlantic City under assumed names. John and Theresa became Mr. and Mrs. Richard Henry Lee, their older son John took the name Frank L. Southrn [ ...

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Luks, George Benjamin (13 August 1867–30 October 1933), artist and teacher, was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the son of Emil Charles Luks, a physician and apothecary, and Bertha von Kraemer. Prior to becoming a painter, he costarred in a vaudeville act, “Buzzy and Anstock,” with his younger brother Charles, but his career in theater lasted only a year. In 1883 a fire swept through Williamsport, and he and his brother returned home to Pennsylvania to assist in the rebuilding of their parents’ home. Luks did not return to the stage but instead enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1884, taking classes under ...