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Oliver I. Lay

Oliver I. Lay studied painting with Thomas Hicks at the National Academy of Design. He was made an associate of the National Academy in 1870. He is best known as a portrait painter. His diaries are in the collection of the New York Historical Society.

He was related to the Lay family of Old Lyme, Connecticut. His uncle, Oliver Lay, owned a large mill in the Laysville section of town. The artist's father moved to New York before Oliver I. Lay II was born, but the families frequently visited.

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