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Biografie von Trevor MCCLURG (1816-1893)

Birth place: probably Pennsylvania

Death place: probably NYC

Addresses: Chambersburg, PA

Profession: Portrait, genre, and historical painter, photographer

Studied: Carl Sohn at Düsseldorf Acad., 1841-43; Couture, Paris

Exhibited: Artists' Fund Soc. and PAFA, 1845-87; Am. Art-Union, NYC; NAD, 1853-64

Work: Carnegie Mus. of Art, Pittsburgh

Comments: McClurg traveled to Düsseldorf with Emanuel Leutze (see entry). He returned to the U.S. about 1846 and was active in Pittsburgh through c.1859, when he moved to NYC. By at least 1863 he was back in Pittsburgh, moved to Chambersburg (PA) by 1879, at which point he had practically given up painting, doing commercial photography instead. Specialized in historical and allegorical subject matter, including a number of specifically American scenes involving Indians and pioneers. He operated a design school with George Hetzel in Pittsburgh, 1863-65, later teaching drawing at the Pittsburgh School of Design for Women.

Sources: G&W; Rutledge, PA; Cowdrey, AA & AAU; Cowdrey, NAD; Fleming, History of Pittsburgh, III, 626. More recently, see also Falk, PA, vol. II; Naylor, NAD; Gerdts, Art Across America, vol 1, 289, 290 (repro.).

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