George Peter Alexander Healy by G.P.A. Healy (self-portrait). 1813-1894. Portrait Painter. Born in Boston, July 15, 1813. Began painting at age of fifteen. Studied painting in Italy, practicing his art in Paris and Rome. First great success was a portrait of Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis, well-known high society leader in Boston. Had friends in royal circles all over Europe where he painted many of the crowned heads. Louis Phillippe, King of France, commissioned him to return to America and paint the great men of our country. Removed to Chicago from Paris. Painted many of Chicago's prominent residents. Member of the National Academy of Design, New York. Healy portraits hang in Versailles, Paris, Chicago Historical Society, Newberry Library and Art Institute, Chicago. Exhibited at American Centennial Exhibition, 1876; Paris Salon, 1878; National Academy of Design, New York. Awards: Medal, Paris Salon, 1840; Gold Medal at Universal Exposition, 1855. Best known work: Bismarck, Pope Pius IX, Duke of Sussex, Louis Philippe, Longfellow, Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan. Portrait (in gallery): William H. Merritt. Died in Chicago, Illinios, June 24, 1894. 40" x 36"