(Cincinnati, 1834 - 1909)

He displayed artistic talents as a child, but did not follow painting as a profession until somewhat advanced in manhood. He traveled abroad in 1852-1853, with his teacher, William Louis Sonntag, painting as an amateur in Florence and Rome for a few years, but devoting himself chiefly to literature, publishing a book of travels, European Life, Legend, and Landscape, 1860, and later, in 1859, a volume of poems entitled Dolce Far Niente, (Sweet Doing Nothing), Philadelphia, 1859, A Vol. of Poems said to possess "more than usual merit", both of which were very favorably received. He went again to Europe in 1859, and spent some twelve years in Düsseldorf, broken by occasional visits to America, and by sketching-tours in nearly every country of Europe, In Düsseldorf and Munich his teachers were Professors A. Weber and Andreas Achenbach, but since 1870, he has pursued his studies independently in a direction diverging from the Düsseldorf school. In 1871 and 1872, he received the first-class medals of the Art Department of the Cincinnati Industrial Exhibition. Comparatively few of Mr. Tait's picture have found their way to America. They have been exhibited in the Salon of Paris, in London, Vienna, Berlin, and have been sold in those cities.

His first picture was bought by Lieutenant Major, afterwards General, Philip Kearney, U. S. A.
"Waterfall, Pyrenees" is in the collection of Jamei Caird, Gourock House, near Greenock on the Clyde.
"Meyringen" belongs to James Staats Forbes, Wickenham Hall, Kent.
"Waterfall" owned by Prince Heinrich XVIII. of Reuss, (present-day Thuringia, Germany).
"Lake of Wallenstadt" belongs to Hon. William S. Groesbeck of Cincinnati.
"Solitude" belongs to Hon. George Vickers of Baltimore.
"Evening on the Lake" and "Tyrolese Idyl" were at the Paris Salon of 1876.
"Summer" was sent to the Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876.

[A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors, Living and Deceased, from the Earliest Accounts to the Latter Half of the Nineteenth Century: Volume 3, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1871.]


An Amercan painter; born in Cincinnati; studied at Florence, Düsseldorf, and Munich; art critic on the New York Mail and Express. Graduated at Bethany College, Virginia, at the latter place edited a magazine entitled The Stylus. Recently (1871) he has been a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. His paintings are chiefly scenes in the Bavarian Tyrol; wrote European Life, Legend, and Landscape, (1859), and a book of poems, Dolce far Niente, (1859).

[The New Century Book of Facts, 1911.]

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