Alphaeus Cole was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on 12 July 1876, the son of the engraver Timothy Cole (1852-1931). He would live to the phenomenal age of 112 († 25 November 1988), having witnessed America's Centennial and Bicentennial, as well as other historic events including the Dreyfus trial and the Armory Show. Toward the end, he received letters from Presidents Carter and Reagan. Cole began in the Académie Julian under Laurens and Constant. The former criticized his drawing technique as tight and dry. Cole exhibited Dante Watching the Building of the Florentine Cathedral at the Salon of 1900 in Paris, and three years later he married Margaret Ward Warmsley, then returned to America. His
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