J Laurie Wallace
(1864 - 1953)
J. Laurie Wallace was active/lived in Illinois, Nebraska. J Wallace is known for portrait and some figure painting, teaching.
by Thomas Eakins
Biography J. Laurie Wallace
With a sixty-four year career as a portrait painter in Omaha, Nebraska, he was regarded as one of that city's outstanding artists. His subjects included many of Nebraska's prominent citizens such as William Jennings Bryan and Gottlieb Storz.
He was born at Garvagh, Ireland of Scottish parents and came to America at age four. He was raised in Philadelphia and at age sixteen began studies with Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He was a special friend of Eakins for whom he also served as a model in many of his rowing scenes and as Jesus on the Cross. With Eakins, he helped Muybridge make a succession of photographs, motion studies that played back as the first moving pictures.
In 1881, he headed West and
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