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William Frerichs (1829-1905)
Born in Belgium, William Frerichs, when was only eighteen, painted a 12X17 foot painting for the emperor of Russia. He came to the United States in 1850 to New York City.   
He moved to Greensboro, North Carolina after his marriage, teaching art there from 1854 to 1863.  In 1863 a fire at the Greensboro Female College where he taught destroyed his home, studio, and unsold work.  Being in the South during the Civil War, Frerichs found himself poverty stricken and returned up North.
He operated an art school in Newark, New Jersey. In 1869 he moved to Tottenville.    Frerichs, remembered most for his landscape paintings, died in Tottenville on March 16, 1905.