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 David John Gue  (1836 - 1917)

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Lived/Active: New York/Iowa      Known for: portrait, landscape, marine painting

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David John Gue
from Auction House Records.
Beach Scene
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Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
David John Gue- Born January 17, 1836 in Brooklyn, NY; Died May 1, 1917.

Education: Self-taught

Member: Salmagundi Club

He moved to Iowa in 1852, became a lawyer in Fort Dodge, then a pharmacist. Not until he was past 50 did he become an artist. Best known for portraits of Grant, Lincoln and Beecher. Also painted landsapes and marines.

update provided by Charles Lenhart : (from the following source) :
History of Iowa from the Earliest
Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth ... By Benjamin F. Gue

David J. GUE was born in Farmington, Ontario County, New York, January 17, 1836. He
acquired a common school education with one year at an academy. In 1853 he came
to Iowa and assisted an older brother on a farm in Scott County. He studied law
in Tipton and was admitted to the bar in 1860. In 1862, as counsel for J. S.
Maxwell, he won a noted case for his client whose seat in the General Assembly
was contested by Milo Smith, who retained Judge C. C. Cole. Mr. Gue was chosen
assistant secretary of the Senate at that session. In 1859 he connected his
name imperishably with history, in a secret effort to save the lives of John
Brown and his companions who were then organizing the " raid" on
Harper's Ferry. The particulars of this episode are to be found in Vol. II. of
this history. When a small boy David J. had possessed a remarkable talent for
pencil sketching, especially of portraits. In 1865 he located at Fort Dodge in
the drug business. But his love for art grew with the years and he finally sold
out and gave his attention to portrait painting. Among his Iowa work are
portraits of John A. Kasson, Bishop H. W. Lee, Governors Merrill, Carpenter and
Larrabee; Chief Justices of the Supreme Court

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