In A Portrait of Rivalry, author Douglas G. Waters examines the histories of these two eighteenth-century American painters and their competition to achieve artistic dominance in London. Their struggle began against the backdrop of Americas fight to gain independence from the realm of King George III, coincidently born the same year as the two artists.
Filled with colorful charactersincluding a wax lady and spy, a noble Englishman with too many wives, a preacher unworthy of the cloth, and a con artistA Portrait of Rivalry focuses on the lives of the two artists, revealing why they created the paintings they did and who achieved everlasting fame.
Douglas G. Waters earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy and a master of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as a docent at the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts for ten years, specializing in British and American art.