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Artist Biography

An important painter of the Hudson River School, Thomas Worthington Whittrege was born on his family’s farm near Springfield, Ohio. Originally trained as a house and sign painter in Cincinnati, he soon turned to the more refined art of portraiture and landscape, exhibiting for the first time at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts in 1839. Ten years later he sailed for Europe with commissions from several Cincinnati patrons. While in Dusseldorf and Italy Whittredge developed lasting friendships with several of the most influential artists of the day, including Emmanuel Leutze, Albert Bierstadt, Sanford Robinson Gifford, and William Stanley Haseltine.

When Whittredge returned to New York City in 1859 he took studio space in the Tenth Street Studio Building alongside a few of his old friends, and became aquainted with the leading members of the Hudson River School including John F. Kensett, Frederick Church, John Casilear, and Jervis McEntee. This constant exposure to different styles and techniques benefitted Whittredge throughout his career, both helping him achieve his own mature style, and enabling him to join on several important expeditions out West. He produced some of his most memorable work on these trips to Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, but also continued to paint the landscapes of the Catskills, Delaware River and Rhode Island.

His works are included in some of the country’s most prestigious collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.