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John Durrie Jr.
(American, 1818 - 1898)
Peach, Pear, and Grapes
Oil on canvas, 9 1/16 × 12 1/8 inches

RS 6180


John Durrie Jr. was born in Hartford Connecticut and would develop into a well-known artist of his day. From the early developments of America, Connecticut artists were known to have produced some of the first historical works of the country. They were also known for having the first academic art-school, a Connecticut legacy in which John Durrie Jr. rose from during the 19th century. He studied under Nathaniel Jocelyn (1796–1881) with his younger brother George Henry Durrie (1820–1863) in New Haven Connecticut under which he expressed his artistic abilities through the genres of still life, portraiture, and landscapes. However, he focused most of his attention towards still life and portraiture, fulfilling the buoyant hopes of his friends and family. Durrie spent most of his artistic career in New Haven and became an ardent devotee of the arts.



  


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