James Wells Champney (1843-1903)

 

James Wells Champney (1843-1903)
American Romantic & golden age illustrator, genre painter & teacher
J. W. Champney ; J.W. Champney ; James W. Champney
[Born July 16, 1843 in Boston, MA – died May 1, 1903 in Deerfield, MA died in elevator accident in New York, NY]

 

FAD record control number: 27665

Record level: Person

Record type: Artist

 

James Wells Champney (1843-1903) biography:

Birth: July 16, 1843 in Boston, MA ;
Death: May 1, 1903 in Deerfield, MA, died in elevator accident in New York, NY ;
Sex: Male
Ethnicity: White
Zodiac:
 Cancer

Known for: Genre painting ; portraits ; landscapes
Medium: oil ; pencil on paper ; watercolor ; pen and ink ; pastels (from 1877 on) ;
Technique: drawing ; sketching ; painting
Subjects: children ; women ; literary ; domestic scenes ;

Areas: Deerfield / Boston, MA (1843-1862, 1870-1873, 1876-1879) ; Lexington, MA (1864-1866) ; London, England (1866) ; Ecouen, France (1866) ; Antwerp, Belgium (1867-1868) ; Rome, Italy (1869-1870) ; New Orleans, LA (1873-1874) ; Paris, France (1874-1875) ; Northampton, MA (1887-1884) ; New York, NY (1879-1900) ;
Region: North East
Lived: 337 4th Avenue, New York, NY (1879-1891) ; 96 5th Avenue, New York, NY (1892-1900) ;
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Mother: 
Relatives: Benjamin Champney (1817-1907), landscape painter, distant cousin ;
Spouse: Elizabeth “Lizzie” Johnson (Williams) Champney (1850-1922), wife, a travel writer ;
Children: Edouard Frere Champney (1874-1929), son ; Maria Mitchel (Champney) Humphrey (1876-1906), daughter ;

Training: Lowell Institute, Boston, MA ; under Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935), anatomy ; Pierre Edouard Frere (1819-1886), Antwerp Academy, Antwerp, Belgium (1866) ; under Jozef Henri Francois Van Lerius (1823-1876)
Instructors: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) ; Pierre Edouard Frere (1819-1886) ; Jozef Henri Francois Van Lerius (1823-1876) ;
Work: apprenticed to a wood engraver at age 16 ; illustrated articles “The great south” by Edward King for Scribner’s magazine resulting in more than 500 illustrations ; illustrated articles on American life for a French magazine ;

Taught: Dr. Dio Lewis’s Young Ladies Seminary, Lexington, MA (1864-1866) ; Smith College, Northampton, MA (1877-1884) ; Society of Decorative Art, Hartford (also called Art School of the Art Society of Hartford), CT, one time per week (1878-1885) ;
Students:

Member: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 1881-1903 ; American Water Color Society, New York, NY (1873-1903) ; Boston Art Club, Boston, MA (1873-1903) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY, academician (1882-1903) ; New York Camera Club, New York, NY (ca.1903) ;
Exhibited with: Boston Art Club, Boston, MA ; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY ; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1881-1891) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY ; Paris salon, Paris, France (1875 & 1894) ; Knoedler Gallery, pastels (1897) ; Tennessee Centennial Exposition, Nashville, TN (1897) ; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1891-1902) ;
Awards:

Milestones: was part of early American impressionism ; joined army during Civil War, 45th Volunteer Regiment of Massachusetts (1862), but was sent home after contracting malaria ; after 1880 worked almost exclusively in watercolor and pastel ;

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Digital-born document number:
FAD.2018.27665

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Record birth date:
April 29, 2018

Last updated: April 18, 2020 at 18:47 pm

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