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Howard Russell Butler
Date: March 3, 1856 - May 22, 1934
Remarks: Butler besides being an artist was a well know physicist and lawyer. Butler's painting career didn't begin until he was nearly thirty, when he studied first with Frederic E. Church in Mexico and then returned to New York to study at the Art Students' League under James Carroll Beckwith. From 1885 to 1887 Butler was in Paris, studying with Dagnon-Bouveret, Rolle, and Gervex. in 1869, Butler founded the American Fine Arts Society and served as its president until 1906. He also raised funds to build the Fine Arts Building which, when completed in 1892, housed the Society of American Artists, the Architecural League, and the Art Students' League, all organizations of which Butler was a member. During the years 1896 to 1905, Butler was president of Carnegie Hall. Butler aside from painting eclipses, he painted many portraits of many prominent people and is famous for his thirteen paintings of Andrew Carnegie done for various libraries.