King, Charles (Bird)(1785–1862) painter; born in Newport, R.I. He studied with Benjamin West in London (1805–12), and became friends with Washington Allston and Thomas Sully. Upon his return he settled in Washington, D.C., and worked diligently as an artist. His most famous work, a still-life summation of his career, is The Artist's Dream (1830).
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