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date: 22 October 2019

Whittredge, (Thomas) Worthington locked

(b nr Springfield, OH, May 22, 1820; d Summit, NJ, Feb 25, 1910).
  • Anthony F. Janson

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(b nr Springfield, OH, May 22, 1820; d Summit, NJ, Feb 25, 1910).

American painter. With little education but with a longing to be an artist, he went at the age of 17 to Cincinnati, OH, where he served an apprenticeship as a sign painter to his brother-in-law Almon Baldwin (1800–70). In the summer of 1842 Whittredge opened a daguerreotype studio in Indianapolis, IN, but left the following summer when it proved an unsuccessful venture. He then joined B. Jenks to work as a portrait painter in Charleston, WV, but dissolved the arrangement because of his partner’s alcoholism. Thereafter Whittredge decided to concentrate on landscapes, though he is documented as having painted some earlier. His first surviving landscape, Scene near Hawk’s Nest (1845; Cincinnati, OH, A. Mus.), is in the picturesque manner of the Hudson River school painter Thomas Doughty. A year later he adopted the style of Thomas Cole, as did William Lewis Sonntag, with whom he defined a distinctive regional style. Around the same time Whittredge began painting directly from nature. ...

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