The Skating Party, Paris, 1869

by Conrad Wise Chapman (1842–1910)
Oil on board
8 9/16 x 10 11/16 inches
Inscribed “Paris” and dated F[?] 7th, 1869 lower left; two sketches painted along bottom edge of picture (under frame)



Private collection, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Artist Biography

The son of the prominent artist John Gadsby Chapman, Conrad Wise Chapman became a widely-recognized landscape and genre painter in the second half of the nineteenth century. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Rome, Chapman studied art with his father and produced a series of Italian landscapes between 1855 and 1861. He returned to the United States at the outset of the Civil War, enlisting in the Confederate Army and studying the imagery of war. After being wounded in the Battle of Shiloh, he produced a series of paintings of Southern forts and batteries, which contrasted the beauty of

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