Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Leutze, Emanuel

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LEUTZE, EMANUEL, an American artist; born in Gmünd, Württemberg, May 24, 1816; was brought to the United States in infancy. In 1840 he began to display a remarkable talent for portrait painting. Subsequently he devoted himself to the painting of historical subjects. His works include “Columbus Before the Council of Salamanca”; “Columbus in Chains”; “Columbus Before the Queen”; “Landing of the Norsemen in America”; “Washington Crossing the Delaware”; “Washington at Princeton”; “Lafayette in Prison at Olmütz Visited by His Relatives”; etc. In 1860 he was employed by the United States Government to make a large mural painting entitled “Westward the Star of Empire Takes Its Way” on one of the staircases in the National Capitol. He died in Washington, D. C, July 18, 1868.