James Carroll Beckwith enjoyed enormous success as a landscape, portrait, and genre painter in the late nineteenth century. Beckwith trained at the National Academy of Design before joining the atelier of Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran, the famous French portraitist, in Paris. It was there that Beckwith developed his graceful, impressionist style. Beckwith’s work also bares the influence of his lifelong friend John Singer Sargent, with whom he shared a Paris studio. Beckwith and Sargent assisted Carolus-Duran in painting a ceiling mural in the Louvre in 1877, and Beckwith went on to win prizes at the Paris Salon, medals at the Paris Expositions of 1889 and 1890, and gold medals at the Atlanta Exposition of 1895 and the Charleston Exposition of 1902. His paintings can now be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, and the New York Historical Society.
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