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Allston

[ awl-stuhn ]
/ ˈɔl stən /
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noun
Washington, 1799–1843, U.S. painter, novelist, and poet.
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Allston
/ (ˈɔːlstən) /

noun
Washington. 1779–1843, US painter and author, regarded as the earliest US Romantic painter. His paintings include Elijah in the Desert (1818) and Moonlit Landscape (1819)
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