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James Carroll Beckwith
Date: 1852 - 1917
Remarks: James Carroll Beckwith grew up in Chicago and studied under Walter Shirlaw at the Chicago Academy of Design. After the fire of 1871, he moved to New York and enrolled at the National Academy of Design where he studied under Lemuel E. Wilmarth. In October 1873, Beckwith moved to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and later became a pupil of Carolus Duran. In Paris, he met John Singer Sargent, and they rented a studio together for four years. Like other American artists returning from Europe, Beckwith identified with the new art movement, rejecting the conservative elements of the National Academy. He became an active member of the Society of American Artists, the American Water Color Society, the Century Association, the Free Art League, and for almost twenty years he worked as a teacher at the Art Students' League. Beckwith died in New York in 1917.