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 David Dalhoff Neal  (1838 - 1915)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/California / Germany      Known for: portrait, narrative, interior painting

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Born in Lowell, MA on Oct. 20, 1838.   After his education at the Andover Academy, Neal arrived in San Francisco in 1857 via New Orleans and the Isthmus of Panama. Without the benefit of art training, he quickly established himself as one of the city's most sought after portraitists.   Mark Hopkins, D. O. Mills, and Adolph Sutro were three of his sitters.

A wealthy patron financed a trip to Munich in 1861 for formal art training.  Entering the Royal Academy, he wed the daughter of one of his teachers and made Munich his home for the rest of his life.   During 1869-76 he worked in the atelier of Karl von Piloty.   His historical genre won medals while at the school and soon made him internationally famous. Portrait commissions brought him again to the U.S. in later years.  Neal was made a member of the National Academy of Design before his death in Munich on May 2, 1915.

Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1857; Calif. State Fair, 1859; SFAA, 1873, 1898.

In: CHS.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Keith, Old Master of California (Brother Cornelius); Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Who's Who in America; History & Ideals of American Art (Neuhaus); New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (Groce, George C. and David H. Wallace); California on Stone (Peters); Artists of the American West (Samuels); American Art Annual 1912-15; Art News, 6-12-1915 (obituary).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

Biography from Whistler House Museum of Art:
The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, ISA ? Fine Art Consultant ,

David Dalhoff Neal ? painter of portraits, historical scenes and interiors ? was born in Lowell, MA on October 20, 1838 and died in Munich, Germany on May 2, 1915.  He moved to Europe in 1862 and studied in Paris and Munich, at the Munich Royal Academy and with Piloty from 1869-1876 ? probably Karl Theodor von Piloty (1826-1886), a Munich artist who painted royal and historical subjects.  Neal also studied at the Bavarian Royal Academy.

Neal made many trips to America and painted people of notable distinction.  He was a member of the National Academy of Design in New York City and his exhibitions and awards include a gold medal from the Munich Royal Academy in 1876 ? the first American to win such an award; the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art; and the Boston Art Club in 1886, where he used the New York mailing address of Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902).

A sampling of his historical romantic works and portraits include: The First Meeting of Mary Stuart and Rizzio, 1876; Oliver Cromwell Visits John Milton; Nuns at Prayer; and James Watt in the Crypt; the daughters of Ogden Mills, Gladys and Beatrice; Whitelaw Reid; Professor Henry Green; Adolph Sutro; Reverend Mark Hopkins; Teackle Wallis; and Judge Hoffman of California.

Museums that include Neal's work in their collections are the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA; the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL; the Cleveland Public Library in Cleveland, OH; the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD; and the Royal Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany.

Peter Hastings Falk(ed.), Who Was Who in American Art, vol. I, page 444
Ray Davenport, Davenport's Art Reference 2001/2002, page 1354
Glenn Opitz, Mantle Fielding,1986, page 657
Daniel Mallett, Index of Artists, page 309
Boston Art Club Exhibition Record 1873-1909, page 283
Ray Kreps, Dealer's Choice Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters... page 1000
Whistler House Museum of Art files

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