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Thomas B Worth (1834-1917)


Thomas B Worth (1834-1917)
American Golden Age sports & African-American cultural stereotype illustrator ;
Thos. B. Worth ; Thos. Worth ; T.B. Worth ; Thomas B. Worth ; T. B. Worth ; T. Worth ;
[Born February 12, 1834 in Greenwich Village, New York, NY – died December 29, 1917 in Staten Island, New York, NY]


FAD record control number: 30132

Record level: Person

Record type: Artist


Thomas B. Worth (1834-1917) biography:

Birth: February 12, 1834 in Greenwich Village, New York, NY ;
Death: December 29, 1917 in Staten Island, New York, NY ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ;
Zodiac: Aquarius ;

Known for: Comic genre illustrations ; sports illustrations ; African-American cultural stereotype illustrator [now likely considered racist] ;
Medium: Washes ; pencil ; pen & ink ;
Technique: Painting ; drawing ;
Subjects: Comic / satirical portrayals of African-American culture ; horse racing ; hunting ; fishing ;

Areas: New York, NY ; MA ; Greenwich Village, New York, NY ; Islip, Long Island, NY ; Staten Island, Richmond County, NY (1890s) ;
Region: North East ;
Lived: Greenwich Village, New York, NY ; MA ; Islip, Long Island, NY ; Staten Island, Richmond County, NY (1890s) ;
Father: Gorham Akin Worth (1782-1856) ;
Mother: Lydia (Dakin) Worth (1793-1861) ;
Spouse: Maria Louise (Stellenwerf) Worth (1838-1917), wife ;
Children: Evaline Worth (1861-?), daughter ; Marion Worth (1865-?), daughter ; Percy Worth (1867-?), son ; Dudley Edmonds Worth (1870-1956), son ; Irving Worth (1874-?), son ;

Work: Worked as a top lithographer for Currier and Ives, New York, NY (1855) ; Well known for his ‘Darktown’ illustrations which satorized every aspect of African-American life ; Worked for Harper’s magazine, New York, NY ; the ‘Darktown’ illustrations and lithographs is what made Currier and Ives ;


Exhibited with: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (1878, 1880) ;




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Original compiled and researched document by the Fine Art Database, 266 West 21st Street, New York, NY.

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The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death. In other countries, legislation may differ.

Record birth date:
May 28, 2018


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