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Charles Cromwell Ingham
Date: 1796 - 1863
Remarks: Came to America in 1816 and resided in New York City 1816-63; a founder and vice-president of the National Academy of Design. A precocious child, he was sent to study painting at the Royal Dublin Society at the age of thirteen. Soon afterward he began studying with the popular painter of women's partraits William Cuming. Ingham's forte was to become female portraiture. After some four years with Cuming, Ingham left for NYC in 1816. There he soon established himself as a leading artist and became active in the founding of a number of important art organizations. When the American Academy of Fine ARts was founded in 1816, he was one of the first artists to exhibit there. In 1825, Ingham was among the members of the New York Drawing Association who founded the National Academy of Design. Two years later he helped to found the Sketch Club and became its president. One of the most popular portrait painters of his day, Ingham's minutely finished and brightly colored portraits were highly prized by fashionable men and women. In 1844, Ingham was instrumental in established the Artists' Sketch Club, and three years later helped found the Century Club. Ingham exhibited portraits nearly every year until 1844 at the American Art Union and at the National Academy until 1860. From 1845 to 1850 he was vice-president of the National Academy and again in 1860.