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From the Veranda [East Boothbay, Maine]

Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on canvas
Dimensions
W. 36 in; H. 24 in;
W. 91.44 cm; H. 60.96 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Late 19th or Early 20th century
Description Signed (at lower right): Cadwallader L. Washburn

Cadwallader Lincoln Washburn, known in his day as the “silent artist” because he was deaf and mute from the age of three, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gallaudet College, Washington, an institution for deaf mutes, and then studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He followed his collegiate studies by moving to New York, where he studied at the Art Students League under H. Siddons Mowbray and William Merritt Chase. By 1893, he was a regular at Chase’s summer school at Shinnecock, Long Island, where over the next few years he spent several summers painting. (William Merritt Chase’s portrait of Cadwallader Washburn is at the Parrish Art Museum.) He also studied with Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida in Spain, and Albert Besnard in Paris.

Washburn’s long life was characterized by a relentless appetite for international travel. Two of the most significant trips he took came as a result of his dedication to printmaking. By 1903, he had taken up etching, and in 1904 he became a war correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, covering the Russo-Japanese War from Manchuria. In 1910-12, he served in a similar capacity during the Madera Revolution in Mexico. In 1915, Washburn was represented by 49 etchings, mostly of Mexican subjects, at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, where he won a gold medal. Several hundred prints by Washburn, as well as related ephemera, today are at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Washburn led a long career. His greatest exposure was realized around the turn of the twentieth century. He exhibited regularly at the Paris Salons, from 1896 to 1904; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, from 1899 to 1907; the Art Institute of Chicago, from 1897 to 1909; and at the St. Louis International Exposition, in 1904. He seems to have remained active until the end of his life. In 1940, he was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design, New York, where he exhibited several times between 1940 and 1955. In 1954, he had a solo exhibition at the M. H. de Young Museum in San Francisco. His work is held in a variety of museums, both in America and Europe, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Musée Luxembourg, Paris; the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Washburn’s paintings share characteristics of Chase and other contemporary American artists schooled in Europe, in that they are typically marked by a fluid, brushy technique and show a sensitive concern for light. Despite his many travels, a large number of his oils, primarily landscapes, are of American subjects, including areas around California, Georgia, and Maine. The present work was painted in East Boothbay, Maine, about 75 miles from Washburn’s home in Farmington.

It is a painting of excellent quality by an artist who deserves to be better known.
Styles / Movements Realism
Dealer Reference Number APG 8272
Incollect Reference Number 195351
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