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Christopher Shearer

(Reading, Pennsylvania, 1846 - 1926)

Landscape artist, Christopher Shearer was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1846. In his youth Shearer spent time in the studios of artists F. D. Devlan and J. Heyl, and in 1864, at the age of eighteen, he produced his first painting. He became a student, of both Devlan and Raser, and his father helped him by building him a studio in the backyard of his Shearertown farm. At the age of 21, Shearer opened a studio in Reading and was very successful in selling his works.

He traveled to Europe where he studied in Dusseldorf, Munich and Paris. In 1878, on a return trip to Germany, he was awarded a Gold Medal by the Dusseldorf School of Art. Shearer exhibited his works at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the art exhibition of the Centennial. His works hang in the Reading Museum. His paintings are part of several collections, including ones in Canada, Australia, Germany, and America. Shearer was a teacher, as well as being an artist. One of the most prolific artists from Berks County, Shearer is known primarily for his large landscapes.

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