Thursday, December 17, 2020
American Folk Art _ Dogs & Cats & Hats & Children plus a few great carpets attributed to Joseph Whiting Stock (1815–1855)
Joseph Stock was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, working there most of his life. It is reported that he painting more than 900 works during his brief career. He sometimes shared a studio with local photographer O.H. Cooley and may have used some of his photographs as his portraits.
At age 11, Stock suffered a crippling accident. He was later encouraged by a doctor to take up painting. He studied briefly with Francis White, a pupil of Chester Harding, but was mainly self-taught. He began his career by copying paintings of historical heroes, but soon switched to portraits, some painted as a memorial after their deaths. He was remarkable for his use of color.