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John Quidor

 (1801 - 1881)
John Quidor was active/lived in New York, New Jersey.  John Quidor is known for literary novel illustrator, narrative genre.

Biography   John Quidor


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John Quidor was from a French-Swiss background; his grandfather Pierre Quidor was a Revolutionary War patriot.  John Quidor was born in 1801 in Tappan, New York and when he was nine, the family moved to New York City.  He became apprenticed to a portrait painter, John W. Jarvis, and was inspired to a degree by his fellow pupil Henry Inman.  Quidor exhibited Ichabod Crane Pursued by the Headless Horseman at the National Academy of Design in 1828. The painting, now in the Yale University Art Gallery, indicates the direction Quidor would pursue exclusively, which was the genre of American literature especially for novels by Washington Irving.

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