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Artist Biography

 An American painter, miniaturist and teacher born in New York City in 1860, William John Whittemore (1860-1955) had a painting career that would span an impressive sixty-five years. Whittemore received early training at the National Academy of Design under the auspices of William M. Hart and the academy’s first instructor, Lemuel Wilmarth from 1882-1886.

Whittemore also studied under James Carroll Beckwith in 1885 at the Art Student’s League.

Whittemore went abroad and continued his fine art training at the Academie Julian under the renowned teacher J. J. Benjamin Constant and Jules Joseph Le Febrve for 1888 and 1889.

Art organizations, clubs and membership for Whittemore include the National Academy, American Watercolor Society, New York Watercolor Club, American Society of Miniature Portraitists, California Society of Miniature Painters and the Salmagundi Club.

The artist began his career in a tight academic style that featured high realism but by the early nineteen hundreds, the artist embraced the looser and more spontaneous painting style of impressionism.