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Thomas Dewing was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1851, and studied there at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. In the 1870ís also studied figure painting at the Academie Julian in Paris. Dewing excelled in his unique approach to Figure painting, choosing a Tonal atmospheric approach for his subjects. His works earned him inclusion in the National Academy of Design in 1897, and a year later Dewing helped found the group, Ten American Painters, who included John Twachtman and Childe Hassam.