Painter, sculptor, mural painter, illustrator, and writer. Born in NYC, February 26, 1836. Studies art under T.H. Mattison at Sherburne, NY; then Paris, in the atelier of Picot; also studied in Italy. Spent time in Florence and Rome and returned in 1861 to New York, where he remained five years. Made sketches there for Vanity Fair. Returned to Paris for one year; finally settled in Rome in1867.
Works: Five panels in the Library of Congress in Washington and one in Bowdoin College; "The Pleiades" and "African Sentinel," Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; "The Keeper of the Threshold," Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; "The Lair of the Sea Serpent," "Lazarus." "The Sphinx," Boston Museum of Fine Arts; "Storm in Umbria," Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Institute Museum; Rhode Island School of Design. His "Greek Actor's Daughter" was shown at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876.
Best known for illustrations of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Was made a National Academician in 1865. Member of Society of Mural Painters; National Institute of Arts and Letters; The Century Society. NY. Received honorable mention, Paris Exhibition. 1889; gold medal, Pan.-Am. Exposition, Buffalo, 1901. Exhibited at National Sculpture Society, 1923. Publication: The Digressions of V., his autobiography.
Died in Rome, Italy, January 29, 1923.