Friday, June 29, 2007

"Passed" Painter of the Day

It's Friday already and I haven't posted a "passed" painter in a few weeks. Seems our summer schedule (although, I don't think there is such a thing as a schedule during the summer!!), is busier than during the school year.
We've been remodeling that bathroom...volunteering in VBS at church and my older son has been taking an Art class and learning about shading, perspective, and watercolor. He has really been enjoying it, and I'll post a picture of his work next week. Now he will need to teach me what he's learned!
Today's painter is Winthrop Chandler (1747-1790). His father died and left his mother with 10 children, some were already grown and had families of their own. Winthrop, however, was young and when he was 15, he asked the courts to allow his wealthy brother-in-law to be his guardian. Most boys his age were becoming apprentices to learn a trade or receive further education. Winthrop must have been well cared for and encouraged to persue his talents during this 7 year guardianship, although there is no record of his attending an Art school, he painted his first portraits during this time.
He painted many members of his family (the Chandler's) as well as the Devotion family. Ebenezer Devotion was a clergyman (with a last name like "Devotion", his occupation was fitting!) Winthrop painted several members of this family over the years. He left the area for a brief time with his wife and family, but came back to Woodbury,CT after the death of his six year old son. Although his family was divided during the Revolutionary War,~ he painted his brother in his Colonial uniform, and carved a relief of the King for another family member~ there is no mention of his political leanings. The portrait of his brother hangs in the
National Gallery of Art.
He did paint a self-portrait, as well as one of his wife. Both died fairly young, his wife died of TB in 1790 Winthrop was 43 in 1793 when he died. Their children went to live with relatives.
Well, that is a rather sad thought to end on....but he did paint some amazing portraits, as well as, landscapes!

Hope everyone enjoys your weekend...we will probably be doing more remodeling!

References: "American Folk Painters of the Three Centuries" Jean Lipman and Tom Armstrong, editors..(1980). (Love this book!)


the feathered nest said...

As always, I enjoyed the history lesson on W. Chandler.

I know, I'm busier now than when school was in session! My daughter is taking an art class too and really enjoying it.

Good luck with working on your remodel this weekend! It's so hot here that it's almost impossible to do anything outside, so it's a good time to catch up with indoor projects.

Have a super weekend (don't work too hard)!


Sunnie said...

Hi Suzanne...just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your paintings! They are lovely...and always have a very warm quality to them! I'm not a painter...but a rug hooker. (However, we like to say that we are "painting with wool"!) I've added you to my Blog so I can come back and see what other delightful paintings you've done. : )

Caitlin said...


Thank you for posting the painters
of the past. I enjoyed reading
about Mr. Chandler. I laughed at
your ending about his ending.


Lana said...

Thanks for the history lesson Suzanne. It makes the actual art pieces so much more interesting if one knows a bit of background.

Get that bathroom remodeled so we can chat!


Sylvia Anderson said...

Facinating Suzanne! Thank you for teaching us about the passed painters, and a little history to boot!