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Artist Biography

 At the age of eight, Conrad Chapman moved to Rome with his Virginia-born father, fromwhom he received his first artistic training. Eleven years later, in 1861, Chapman traveledback to his homeland and joined the Confederate Army. He was commissioned to paint several key North Carolina battle scenes and forts, and though he made his sketches in that state, he had to return to Rome for a family matter; his paintings were finished in a studio abroad. Upon his return to America at the end of the Civil War, he found himself joining a military outfit headed to Mexico. Chapman became one of the first Americans to paint the Mexican landscape, and he spent the rest of his life traveling between Italy, France, and Mexico.