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Artist Biography

 Hermann Gustav Simon was born in Schlietz in Saxony and immigrated with his family to Philadelphia in 1848. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia with Robert Wylie (1839-1877), and later with George F. Bensell (1837-1879) and Henry W. Bispham (1841-1882). A contemporary of Thomas Eakins at the Academy, Simon exhibited there in 1863 and between 1876 and 1887. He also exhibited at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, and with the Philadelphia Society of Artists in 1879-81 and again in 1884. Simon’s most celebrated painting, The Pigeon Shoot-Philadelphia Gun Club (1879; private collection), was included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 1976 exhibition Philadelphia: Three Centuries of American Art.

Besides his extensive exhibition record at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, Simon exhibited at the Boston Art Club (1892-1896), the Art Institute of Chicago (1897), and the National Academy of Design (1897).


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