Luis Brion, admiral of Colombia, born at Curacoa, July 6,1782, died Sept. 20, 1821. He was sent at an early age to Holland to receive his education, his father being a native of that country; he entered the Dutch army, and afterward visited the United States, where he studied navigation. Upon the death of his father he bought a vessel, made several voyages, established a mercantile house at Curacoa, and in 1811 was appointed captain of a frigate in the service of the republic and state of Caracas. At his own expense he fitted out a fleet of vessels, and attacked the Spanish forces at the island of Margarita, where he gained a signal victory. Brion distinguished himself at the conquest of Guiana, and also at Santa Marta and Cartagena. The latter part of his life was rendered unhappy by a misunderstanding with Bolivar, which so preyed upon his mind that he became ill, and leaving the squadron returned to Curacoa, and soon died in poverty.
Luis De Morales, a Spanish painter, born in Badajoz in 1509, died there in 1586. Either from his constant choice of sacred subjects or (less probably) from the merits of his work, he received the surname of el Divino, the divine. His pictures were nearly all heads, generally of Christ or the Virgin; some authorities believe that there are no instances of his painting the figure at full length. His Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa are the best types of his paintings. In spite of his acknowledged ability, the prices he received for his works are said not to have been enough to compensate him for the great labor and time he spent upon them; and he lived in the greatest want until his old age, when he was supported by Philip II. His chief works are at Toledo, Val-ladolid, Burgos, and Granada.
Luis De Vargas, a Spanish painter, born in Seville in 1502, died there in 1568. He completed his studies in Rome, and spent many years in Italy, after which he greatly improved the school of Seville. His death was accelerated by the tortures which he endured in his ascetic frenzy. His portrait of the duchess of Alcala was regarded as equal to the works of Raphael. Only vestiges remain of his large religious fresco and oil paintings, but several of his most celebrated works are still extant, the best known being his painting representing the human genealogy of Christ, in the cathedral of Seville, called La generation.
See Mundt, Klara.
Lumkin, a N. county of Georgia, drained by Chestatee river and its branches; area, about 400 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 5,101, of whom 462 were colored. A range of the Blue Ridge crosses its N. border. The surface is generally hilly, and the soil near the rivers highly productive. It contains several gold mines, which are the richest in the Atlantic region, and copper, silver, magnetic iron, and lead are also found. The chief productions in 1870 were 8,911 bushels of wheat, 82,013 of Indian corn, 8,828 of oats, 7,020 of sweet potatoes, 12,297 lbs. of tobacco, and 39,072 of butter. There were 325 horses, 831 milch cows, 1,423 other cattle, 2,383 sheep, 5,293 swine; 1 flour mill and 3 quartz mills. Capital, Dahlonega.