Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924) was born into a Quaker home in Philadelphia. He chose to study art, and enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1861 he moved to France to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, under Gleyre, and later worked in the private studio of Meissonier. Whilst in France he began long-term friendships with the young Impressionists Alfred Sisley and Auguste Renoir. He returned to the United States in 1863 to enlist in the American Civil War, and afterwards continued his art studies in Philadelphia.
After marrying in 1871 he and his wife returned to Paris where he remained, having a house and studio at Poissy on the Seine. He painted peasant women out of doors with great popular success and earned his first major distinction in France at the Paris Salon in 1882 with his large oil on canvas Un Deuil. Ridgway Knight's paintings continued to be popular in the twentieth century, his genre scenes, combining various objects of daily life with other well-painted details, earned the artist the attention of collectors through Europe and the United States.
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