HENRY OSSAWA TANNER (1859-), American artist, of negro descent, was born at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on the 21st of June 1859. He was the son of Benjamin Tucker Tanner (b. 1835), who became bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1888, edited the Christian Recorder, the organ of his church, from 1867 to 1883, founded, and from 1884 to 1888 edited, the African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, and published several pamphlets, poems and hymns, and an Apology for African Methodism (1867). The son was a pupil of Thomas Eakins, in Philadelphia, and of J. P. Laurens and Benjamin Constant in Paris. He first exhibited at the Salon in 1895. His "Daniel in the Lions' Den" received an honourable mention at the Salon of 1896. "The Raising of Lazarus," which received a third-class medal in 1897, was purchased by the French government for the permanent collection of the Luxembourg. Other pictures are, "The Annunciation" (Salon, 1898), "Nicodemus Coming to Christ" (1899), "The Jews' Wailing Place," and "Christ in the Temple."
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