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 Peter Paul Duggan  ( - 1861)

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Lived/Active: New York / France/England      Known for: charcoal and crayon portrait, sculpture, medal design

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Peter Paul Duggan
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Medallion of Washington Allston
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Ireland, Peter Duggan was brought to the United States as an infant in 1810. Little is known about his youth nor does it appear that anyone has found his birth date.  He became well respected in New York City between 1844 and 1856 for his crayon and charcoal portraits.  It is thought these were his years of late 30s and early 40s.

In 1842, he is listed for the first time as a student at the National Academy of Design*, having enrolled in the Antique Class.  He continued through 1849, also registering for the life class.  His first enrollment listed him as a "student of painting", but by 1847, his records described him as a "painter and sculptor".

As an exhibitor at the Academy, his subjects were mostly religion and history, which leads to the conclusion that his portrait drawings were primarily for 'bread and butter'.  Also at the Pennsylvania Academy*, he exhibited a sculpture of John the Baptist, Beheaded and at the Boston Athenaeum, a cast of the Baptist.

Duggan also designed commemorative medals of artists Washington Allston and John Trumbull for the American Art Union* in 1847 and 1849.  In the late 1840s, he was a Professor of Drawing at the Free Academy* of the City of New York, (later named City College of New York), and in 1851, having made a brief visit to the West Indies, he stopped in London to make casts of the Elgin Marbles* for the Free Academy.   However, he was afflicted with tuberculosis, and hoping to recover some strength, stayed in London with resident family members.  In the spring of 1816, he traveled to Paris, but was there only for several months before his death the following October.

The National Academy of Design in its 1862 annual exhibition featured sixteen of his works as a group, which for this institution was an unusual amount of work for  a retrospective tribute.

Jonathan P. Harding, "Peter Paul Duggan", Painting and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, David Dearinger, Editor

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