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AMERICAN ART NEWS. 



OBITUARY 



John Bunyan Bristol. 

• John Bunyan Bristol, the veteran 
American landscape painter, died on 
August 31 at the Home for Incurables, 
where he was taken a year ago, after a 
severe stroke of paralysis. Mr. Bristol, 
who was 83 years old, suffered a recent 
recurrence of the attack, which resulted 
in his death. 

He was born at Hillsdale, New York, 
in 1826, and studied under Henry Ary 
at Hudson, N. Y. His art education 
was largely self acquired, and he turned 
almost instinctively first to portraiture 
and afterward to landscape work. He 
was a regular exhibitor at the National 
Academy of Design and the Century 
Club, of which he was a member for 
many years. An exhibition of his pic- 
tures was held recently at the Century 
Club, where a large profit was realized 
from the sales. He received a medal 
from the Centennial Exhibition in 1876 
and honorable mention in the Paris Ex- 
hibition in 1900. Mr. Bristol was a 
member of the Metropolitan Museum 
of Art, the Artists' Fund Society, and 
the Century Club. 



James David Smillie. 

James David Smillie, N. A., the artist 
and engraver, died on September 14 in 
his seventy-seventh year. He was the 
son of the late James S. Smillie, N. A., 
and Catherine Van Valkenburgh Smil- 
lie. He was educated to be an engraver 
in steel, a profession to which he de- 
voted all his time until 1864. .In that 
year he turned his attention to drawing 
and painting, and undertook to school 
himself in these branches of art with- 
out the benefit of a master. Since then 
he has spent his professional life in the 
State, but pursued his studies at leisure 
among the great mountain ranges of 
the United States, including the Sier- 
ras, Adirondacks, Rocky, White, and 
Catskill Mountains. 

Mr. Smillie exhibited at the spring 
exhibition of the Academy of Design in 
1865, and the following year was made 
an associate. In 1876' he became an 
academician, and in 1894 was elected 
treasurer of the academy. He resigned 
the treasurership in 1898 because of ill 
health. 

Mr. Smillie was one of the founders 
of the American Water Color Society, 
of which he was chosen treasurer and 
later president. He also founded and 
served as secretary and treasurer of 
the New York Etching Club. He was 
one of the "original fellows" of the 
Painter-Etcher Society of London, and 
has contributed many articles on etch- 
ing to various magazines. In 1881 he 
married Anna C. Cook, who died in 
1895. 



Jean Paul Selinger. 

Jean Paul Selinger, a portrait and fig- 
ure painter, died September 11 at the 
City Hospital. He had been operated 
upon for cancer last November. 

He was born in Boston in 1850, and 
studied at the Lowell Institute of Fine 
Arts, the Art Academy of Stuttgart and 
the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. 
At this latter school he was a pupil of 
Wilhelm Liebl. Among his colleagues 
in Munich were William M. Chase and 
J. Frank Currier. For some time Mr. 
Selinger traveled with Boeklin in Italy. 
He was successful as a painter of child 
life. He won many prizes, among them 
being the $1,000 Osborne prize in New 
York in 1904. In 1882 he married Emily 
Harris McGary, the flower painter and 
writer, who survives him. 



Otto H. Bacher. 

Otto Henry Bacher, painter and il- 
lustrator, died at his home at Lawrence 
Park, Bronxville, on August 16, and 
was buried at Kensico Cemetery. 

Mr. Bacher studied abroad with 
Duveneck, Carolus-Duran, Boulanger, 
Lefebvre, and others at Munich and 
with Whistler and Blum in Venice, 
and lived for a time at- Paris. His etch- 
ings of scenes in Bavaria and in Venice 
were accounted among the best Ameri- 
can examples of aqua fortis of these 
countries. He lived with Whistler in 
Venice and his recent book, "Whistler's 
Venice," published by the. Century 
Company, is a work which shows an 
intimate knowledge of the life and 
work of the master etcher. He was a 
member of the Society of Illustrators, 
Painters and Etchers of London, and 
was elected to the American National 
Academy in 1906. He received a silver 
medal at the Louisiana Purchase Expo- 
sition at St. Louis in 1904. Mr. Bacher 
was born in Cleveland on March 31, 
1856, and was the son of Henry Bacher 
and Charlotte Bacher. He was married 
to Mary Holland in Cleveland in 1888. 
He is survived by his wife and four 

sons. 

Lady Alma-Tadema. 

Lady Alma-Tadema, wife of Sir 
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the painter, 
and herself an artist of note, died on 
August 16. 

Lady Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema 
was the daughter of Dr. George N. 
Epps and was married to Sir Alma- 
Tadema Sn 1871. She was the second 
wife of the eminent artist. She pro- 
duced pictures that had a favorable re- 
ception and received a gold medal at 
the exhibition in Berlin in 1866. At 
the Paris Exposition in 1900 she took a 
silver medaL Two of her best canvases 
were "Bluestocking" and "Daffadown- 
dillie." 

Lady Alma-Tadema worked in a style 
that was reminiscent of that of her dis- 
tinguished husband, yet one distinctive- 
ly her own. She used his studio and 
frequently posed for him in his pictures 
of Roman and Egyptian life. Her face 
and figure are familiar to those who 
have followed his work. Of her daugh- 
ters, Miss Anna Alma-Tadema is also 
an artist of note, and Miss Lawrence 
has written successful plays and verses. 

Emilio F, Piatti. 

Emilio F. Piatti died August 22, at 
his home in Englewood, N. J. He was 
forty-nine years old, and one of the 
most able plastic artists in America. 
He came; from a long line of Italian 
statuaries". 

Emilio Piatti's best works were 
"Grief," at the mausoleum of George 
Westcott, president of the Portland & 
Rochester Railroad, at Portland, Me. ; 
"Hope," for the grave of Comptroller 
Storrs ; a bas relief, for John H.Starin ; 
a bust of Mrs. Isador Rush ; a statue 
of General Spinola; a bust of Bertha 
Galland, and a piece for Captain Robert 
Bruce, of the American Line. 



EXHIBITIONS NOW ON 



PUBLIC LIBRARY EXHIBIT. 



Leon Martineau. 

Leon Martineau, a celebrated French 
mural painter and maker of decorative 
windows, died of cancer on September 
7 at the Maison Rouge, No. 50 West 
Seventeenth Street. He has done many 
pieces of work, both in this country 
and in Europe. He was a puoil of a fa- 
mous mural painter of Paris, Luc Oliver 
Merson, and won several gold medals. 
He was president of the Societe de 
Peintres Verriers. Paris. He Avas born 
in Paris and was forty-six years old. 



An exhibition of prints, etchings, en- 
gravings and other pictures illustrating 
the history of Henry Hudson, Robert 
Fulton and the Hudson River, is now 
on public view at the Lenox Library, 
70th Street and Fifth Avenue. The 
exhibition constitutes the New York 
Public Library's part in the Hudson- 
Fulton celebration. 

Frank Weitenkampf, curator of the 
print department, has arranged the col- 
lection of pictures in three sections. 
The first, called "Henry Hudson and 
the Discovery of the Hudson River," is 
small on account of the lack of authen- 
tic material. The second division illus- 
trates "Robert Fulton and Early Steam 
Navigation." The third section includes 
views of the Hudson River from New 
York to its source and contains many 
rare old prints of the seventeenth cen- 
tury and later. 

All known portraits of Hudson are 
based upon the painting in the City- 
Hall generally attributed to Pulaski, 
but the authenticity of which is denied 
by those who point out that Pulaski 
and Hudson were not contemporaries, 
and by others attributed to Paul Van 
Sommeren. This is the conjecture of 
Benson J. Lossing, who declares that 
in such an event the City Hall picture 
may be reliable after all, and not purely 
fictitious or merety traditional. These 
and pictures of the East and West 
India Company flags and various un- 
important data concerning Hudson 
make up the first division. 

In the Fulton exhibit devoted to the 
inventor and the steamboat are a num- 
ber of rare prints lent to the library by 
Seymour Dunbar. , More than a score 
of engravings copied from West's por- 
trait of Fulton and. from each other are 
shown in the cases. It is a curious 
thing that in the earliest engravings 
Fulton's submarine torpedo exploding 
a ship may be seen in the background ; 
a 'little later this was replaced by a 
miniature Clermont, and later still Ful- 
ton's Demalogus, the first steam war- 
ship, appears in the perspective'. Ful- 
ton is also made much of as an artist, 
and various bloodthirsty lithographs 
of his age are shown. Among these 
are such titles as "The Murder of Lu- 
anda," "Cornwallis's Surrender to 
Washington," "Cruelty Presiding Over 
the Prison Ship," "Caesar Passing the 
Rubicon," "Final Resignation of "Prej- 
udice" and "Hesper Appearing to Co- 
lumbus in Prison." There are also 
prints of Fulton's other inventions be- 
sides the steamboat, numerous old en- 
gravings of which are included. His 
cast iron aqueduct and submarine tor- 
pedo are fully illustrated. 

Steamboats prior to Fulton's is an 
interesting section covering the inven- 
tions of Fitch, Hulls, Evans, and others 
even earlier. The Jersey ferry boat 
when it had no guard rails and passen- 
gers sat on the deck and swung their 
legs over the water, the Fulton Ferry 
and other New York ferries are all il- 
lustrated. Two statues of Denis Papin, 
by Aime Millet are shown; also a 
thrilling race between two Hudson 
River boats, among "Steamboats Sub- 
sequent to Fulton." 

The Hudson River exhibit includes 
various views of New York, seen as 
one approaches the lower part of the 
island. The most famous one is the 
first printed view which appeared in 
Joost Hartger's description of Vir- 
ginia, New Netherland and New Eng- 
land, published in Dutch in New Am- 
sterdam in 1651. This represents the 
village as it appeared about fifteen 



years before. The Visscher map of 
1655 and its reissue of 1683, with Phil- 
adelphia and other towns added, is 
shown. The view published in Van 
der Donck's "Description of New Neth- 
erland," of 1656, copied from the Viss- 
cher map of 1655 ; the Montanus view 
of about 165 1, which again is remark- 
ably similar to the Block plan painting, 
which was not engraved until the So- 
ciety of Iconophiles had it done in re- 
cent years by Sidney L. Smith; the 
Allan view, of 1670, and various others 
lead gradually into the eighteenth 
century. 



HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBIT. 



In arranging the Fulton exhibit, 
which is to be one of the attractions 
of the Hudson-Fulton celebration, the 
Colonial Dames of America, who are 
acting in co-operation with the New 
York Historical Society, have not 
found themselves hampered by any 
paucity of material. Hudson, with 
whom Fulton shares the honors of the 
coming festival, is little more than a 
name, but objects of historical interest 
relating to Robert Fulton are numer- 
ous and well authenticated. Most of 
these things were already familiar to 
the chairman of the Colonial Dames 
committee, Mrs. Arthur Taylor Sut- 
cliffe, Fulton's great-granddaughter, 
as they were owned by various mem- 
bers of the Fulton family, but some 
previously undiscovered treasures have 
turned up since the call for Fulton 
relics was sent out. Among such are 
some early letters written by the in- 
ventor to his mother. These are the 
property of Frank Semple and Louis S. 
Clarke, descendants of Fulton's sister, 
Mrs. David Morris. 

The collection of Fulton portraits is 
said to be the largest ever brought to- 
gether. There is a copy of the marble 
bust of Fulton made by Jean Antoine 
Houdin, the original of which has been 
lost, and there are portraits by Ben- 
jamin West, Sir Thomas Sully, John 
Wesley Jarvis and Robert Le Fevre, 
besides a portrait painted by the in- 
ventor himself, and a youthful portrait 
by an unknown artist. There is also a 
collection of miniatures lent by Mrs. 
C. Franklyn Crary, Mrs. R. F. Blight, 
Mrs. Joseph Drexel, of Philadelphia, 
and Mrs. E. Brewster, of Newark, N. 
J. Mrs. Brewster's miniature is said 
to have been painted for Earl Stanhope, 
Fulton's intimate friend and co-laborer. 
Mr. Edward Bringhurst, of Wilming- 
ton, Del., sends an oil portrait of his 
ancestor, Joseph Bringhurst, done by 
Fulton. One of the chief art treasures 
of the exhibit will be a portrait of Na- 
poleon Bonaparte, loaned by Mr. Cole- 
man Drayton. Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan 
sends Robert Fulton's autographed his- 
tory of the steamboat invention, with 
some interesting manuscripts and draw- 
ings. 

The collection fills a large front room 
in the new building of the Historical 
Society 77th Street and Central Park 
West. It will be opened on September 
27, the day set for the opening of offi- 
cial exhibitions, and will be free to the 
public. 



MURALS FOR THEATER. 



Additions to the Stuyvesant The- 
ater's mural decorations are being pre- 
pared by two protegees of David Be- 
lasco, Arthur Crisp, a young American 
artist, and a Russian painter. Panels 
over the entrance are to be filled with 
representations of scenes from Shake- 
speare's plays.