CHAPMAN Conrad Wise (1842-1910) Nationality : American
Chapman was born in Washington, D.C. in 1842, the son of John Gadsby Chapman (1808-89) a Virginia-born landscape, historical and portrait painter and illustrator. In 1848 his family moved to Rome, where Chapman's father joined the growing colony of expatriate American painters and sculptors who had gathered there. Chapman subsequently received art lessons from his father, who was the author of three books on technique--American Drawing Book (1847), Elements of Art (1848) and Elementary Drawing Book (1872). Accordingly, he acquired a penchant for solid draftsmanship and detail, but avoided the emphasis on sentiment and anecdote that characterized his father's paintings.