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Swinging on Gate


John George Brown (1831-1913) Swinging on a Gate, Southampson, New York 1878

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Richard Caton Woodville 1825-1855 - A Man's World - Baltimore



Richard Caton Woodville (American painter, 1825-1855) Politics in an Oysterhouse 1848


Richard Caton Woodville (1825-1855) was supported by his prosperous Baltimore family, who had hoped he would become a physician, in his endeavor to become an artist by trade.


Richard Caton Woodville (American painter, 1825-1855) Scene in a Bar Room 1845


His young artistic talent was stirred by his access to the art collection of early Baltimore art collector Robert Gilmore, whose collection included Dutch & Flemish genre paintings depicting domestic scenes of people in interiors.


Richard Caton Woodville (American painter, 1825-1855) Old 76 and Young 48, 1849


Some of Woodville's most delightful works are his genre scenes of Baltimore's citizens. Like many genre painters working for centuries before him, Woodville's paintings depict anecdotal details as well as unresolved conflict. Woodville was a storyteller.


Richard Caton Woodville (American painter, 1825-1855) The Card Players


Woodville recorded his early life in Baltimore in the form of drawings, including those depicting his University of Maryland medical school faculty during 1842-3, when he studied medicine.


Richard Caton Woodville (American painter, 1825-1855) News About the War in Mexico 1848


He finally decided to turn from medical studies to full-time painting; and in 1845, he sailed to study art in Düsseldorf.  He spent time in Europe, but his extant paintings reflect a relish for the people & interiors of American life.


Richard Caton Woodville (American painter, 1825-1855) Waiting for the Stage


While Woodville produced most of his work after leaving Baltimore in 1845 to travel widely in Germany, France & England, he continued to paint Maryland subject matter. He also sailed back to Baltimore for at least 2 visits after his 1845 departure.


Richard Caton Woodville (American painter, 1825-1855) The Sailor's Wedding 1852


Woodville died at age 30 from an overdose morphine


Richard Caton Woodville (American painter, 1825-1855)  Self Portrait 1853

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Women & a few children by Chester Harding 1792-1866

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Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Rebecca Warren (Mrs John Ball Brown) 1826

Chester Harding was born in Conway, Massachusetts, the 4th of 12 children whose father, an unsuccessful inventor, experienced some difficulty in providing for his large family. Chester Harding spent several years in the household of an aunt; and at age 12, he was hired out to help support of his family. When he was 14, his parents decided to move to the relatively unsettled area of Monroe County, New York. There he dabbled in a variety of trades--including drum-making, cabinetry, & tavern-keeping --without much success. Shortly after his marriage to Caroline Woodruff in 1815, he left New York State because of mounting debts. His young family joined him in Pittsburgh, where he began painting houses.

Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Elizabeth Tuckerman Salisbury

Around 1818, he was introduced to portraiture by an itinerant artist named Nelson. Largely self-taught, Harding achieved some success before moving to Kentucky, where a brother was already engaged in the portrait trade. There he felt the influence of Matthew Jouett, a slightly older artist working in the manner of Gilbert Stuart. Over the next few years, Harding painted in Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, & Washington, D.C. He traveled to Philadelphia for 2 months of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts during the winter of 1819-1820. Business was good, & he received praise for a likeness of the 90-year-old Daniel Boone, which was engraved by several printmakers.

Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Mrs Thomas Brewster Coolidge

In 1823, Harding spent 6 months in Boston, where he received an astounding reception & more commissions, than he could carry out. He later admitted that his success was due largely to his reputation as an untaught "primitive" from the frontier, a mythic status upon which he would capitalize for several years to come. Despite his good fortune, he moved his family that year to Northampton, Massachusetts, in preparation for an anticipated trip to Europe.

Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Hannah Davis Dudley

Harding soon left for London, where he met artists Charles Robert Leslie & Sir Thomas Lawrence & temporarily adapted his tight, finished style to the looser brushwork then in fashion in Britain. He met with extremely good fortune in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Taken by his plain mannerisms and humble origins, aristocrats with a democratic bent--and even members of the royal family--commissioned their likenesses from him.

Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Henrietta Clark

Pleased with his popularity, Harding made the decision to settle in Glasgow & sent for his family to join him there. Soon after they arrived, however, he was forced to abandon his plans & return to Boston in 1826, after a British financial panic destroyed his business.

Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Julia Webster (Mrs Samuel Appleton)

For the rest of his life, Harding's career was centered in Boston, although he made his home in Springfield, Massachusetts, beginning in 1830. He became an important & visible force in the Boston art world, largely through his ownership of a studio building that was the site of many important exhibitions. Much of each year was also spent on the road, executing portraits in New York, Louisiana, Kentucky, & points in between.

Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Katherine Bigelow (Mrs Abbott Lawrence) 1855

In all, he is thought to have painted over 1000 portraits. After the death of his wife in 1845, he made a second, 9-month visit to Europe. Thereafter he painted less, though never giving up his brushes entirely. His interests late in life gravitated toward landscape architecture & fishing. He died in Boston in 1866.

Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Hannah Perkins and Grandaughter

Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Mary Fulford (Mrs William Lorman)

Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Grace (Mrs Daniel Webster) 1781-1828

Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Mrs David Stoddard Greeough III Roxbury MA

Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Mrs Kennedy

Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Mrs Quincy

Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Elizabeth Buchanan Woodbridge 1821

Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Sarah Stanton (Mrs Joshua Blake)

Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Chester Harding's Children

Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Chester Harding's Children
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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

American Women by Jacob Eichholtz 1776-1842



Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Ann Old Coleman (Mrs. Robert Coleman), c. 1820


I first became aware of Jacob Eichholtz (1776-1842), when I roamed the halls of the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore during the 1980s.  He was born north of Baltimore in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he tried his hand at being a tinsmith, a cooper, & a sign painter.  But his passion was for painting portraits.  He wrote of his unexpected friendship with Thomas Sully in Lancaster County in 1808, "Chance about this time threw a painter into the town of my residence. This in a moment decided my fate as to the arts. Previous to the arrival of this painter, I had made some rude efforts with tolerable success, having nothing more than a bootjack for a palette, and anything in the shape of a brush, for at that time brushes were not to be had, not even in Philadelphia. At length I was fortunate enough to get a few half-worn brushes from Mr. Sully, being on the eve of his departure for England. This was a great feast to me, and enabled me to go on until others were to be had."  In 1811, Eichholtz visited Gilbert Stuart in Boston, & began a lifelong series of exhibitions with the Society of Artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Probably before 1820, Eichholtz was painting portraits in Baltimore & beyond, from Pittsburg to Delaware.  By 1821, he had set up a studio in Philadelphia; where he painted, until he returned to Lancanster County in 1832, painting portraits until his death 10 years later.


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Anna Maria Eichholtz 1838


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Catharine Hatz Eichholtz 1833


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Clockmaker's Wife and Daughter


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Eliza Jacob


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Eliza Schaum (later Mrs. Frederick Augustus Hall Muhlenberg; 1798-1826) 1816


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Eliza Teackle Montgomery 1822


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Elizabeth Mrs Frederick Augustus Hall Muhlenberg


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Elizbeth Hoofnagle Markley b 1794


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Jane Buchanan Lane


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Julianna Hazlehurst, c. 1820


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mehitabel Cox Markoe, ca. 1815


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Miss Julia Nicklin 1823


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs Lawrence Lewis


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. Elizabeth Wurtz Elder and Her Three Children 1825


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. George Musser


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. Jacob Eichholtz 1818


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. John Frederick Lewis 1827


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. Pierre Louis Laguerenne


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. Robert Jenkins (Catharine Carmichael) 1836


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. Victor René Value; Her Daughter Victoria Matilda; and Her Stepson Jesse René 1826


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. Walter Franklin 1814


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Phoebe Cassidy Freeman (Mrs. Clarkson Freeman), c. 1830


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Portrait of a Woman


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Serena Mayer Franklin 1838


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) The Ragan Sisters, 1818


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Unknown Sitter 1815


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Jane Evans Tevis


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Margaret Hager Hoff


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Maria Schaum, circa 1810


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs John Gibson


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs. Belle Cohen


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Miss Thomson


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Mrs Longnecker


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Rebecca Trissler Eichholtz


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, 1776-1842) Self-Portrait 1810