Francis Augustus Lathrop was a portrait and mural painter.
Lathrop commenced his studies in New York with the landscape and genre painter Thomas Charles Farrer but left in 1867 for Europe where he studied in Dresden. This was followed by three years in London where he worked with Ford Madox Brown.
He later returned to the U.S. where he established a reputation as a portraitist and muralist. One of his notable mural schemes was for the chapel of Bowdoin College at Brunswick.
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