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John W (Summers) Bolles (1855-1927)

John W. (Summers) Bolles (1855-1927)
Golden age illustrator & teacher
John Bolles ; J. Bolles ; Prof. John W. Bolles ; possibly originally born Franklin Summers Bolles
[Born August 26, 1855 in NJ – died June, 1927 in Newark, NJ]


FAD record control number: 32839

Record level: Person

Record type: Artist


John W (Summers) Bolles (1855-1927) biography:

Birth: August 26, 1855 in NJ
Death: June, 1927 in Newark, NJ
Sex: Male
Ethnicity: white

Known for: illustration ; teaching drawings and art ;
Medium: oil ; pen and ink ; graphite pencil and paper ;
Technique: painting ; drawing ;
Subjects: portraits ; people ; genre ; literature ;

Areas: Newark, NJ ; Essex, NJ ; New York, NY ;
Region: North East ;
Lived: Newark Ward 1, Essex, NJ
Father: Ezra Baldwin Bolles (1822-1898)
Mother: Adeline H. (Summers) Bolles (1836-1873)
Relatives: Enoch Bolles (1883-1976), also an artist ; George A. Bolles (1865-1875), brother
Spouse: Laura R. (Watts) Bolles (1858-1949), married April 28, 1881
Children: Lawrence Raymond Bolles (1882-1925), son ; Adaline Bolles (1884-?), daughter ; M. Emma Bolles (1886-?), daughter ; Alan Summers Bolles (1898-?), son ; Elizabeth (Bolles) Carley (1900-?), daughter ;

Work: Scribner’s collection (Scribner & Co.) (1882)

Taught: School of art for the Essex Art Association, 21 West Park Street, Newark, NJ (1884-?) ;

Member: Essex Art Association, Newark, NJ
Exhibited with: Essex Art Association, Newark, NJ ; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (1879) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY ;

Milestones: patented new paper wrapping for cigars ; painted Portrait of John Watts (New York Historical Society, 1863) of his future father-in-law ; close friends with artist Thomas Moran (1837-1926) and appears in a picture with the artist in full arabic costume ; First instructor of the School of art for the Essex Art Association (1884), school taught young boys learning manufacturing to draw free-hand (1884-?) ;



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Record birth date:
June 22, 2018


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