Monday, July 9, 2012

Red Leggings-Art by Edwin White


Edwin White (born, South Hadley, Massachusetts 1817; died Saratoga Springs, New York 1877) was an American painter who studied in Paris, Rome, and Florence and later 
taught at the National Academy of Design, in New York.
Works by White, mostly in storage, are in the collections of Yale; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New-York Historical Society.

A notable moment in White's career was noted in October, 1855, when he met the painter Sanford Robinson Gifford in Paris and told Gifford that he was about to return to New York, was destitute, had no commissions, and might have to return to portrait painting. However, when White did return to his NY studio, he went to work on his Mayflower painting, which he sold off the easel for $1,000, and a new and successful stage of his career was launched. His painting of Washington resigning was painted on commission by the state of Maryland, for $6,000, when White had returned to Paris.
The Mayflower painting was the basis for a 5-cent stamp issued in 1920 as part of the Pilgrim Tercentenary.An apparently later, unfinished painting of the same subject, from 1867, was left by the artist to Yale, and the university art museum has a collection of some 24 sketches White made preparatory to painting.
The artist was cousin to Andrew Dickson White, the first president of Cornell University. 

Influential works
The Compact of the Mayflower 1855-56
Washington Resigning his Commission c. 1858
Pocahontas Informing John Smith of the Conspiracy of the Indians
Major Anderson Raising the Flag at Fort Sumter 1862.

Minor works
Fisher boy, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut. A lovely, sentimental genre subject of a boy and his dog.
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