George Peter Alexander Healy (1808–1894)


Healy was born in Boston and made a livelihood of portrait painting at a young age. He spent several years in Europe over the course of two trips, to study and to paint; among his subjects there were Pope Pius IX and King Louis Philippe of France, and Franz Liszt. In the United States, he lived primarily in Chicago, and painted Presidents Lincoln and Grant, Cardinal McCloskey, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. His works hang, among other places, in the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Catholic Encyclopedia


Autobiography G.P.A. Healy, Reminiscences of a Portrait Painter