Thomas Worthington Whittredge

Worthington Whittredge

Worthington Whittredge (1820–1910) achieved a high level of fame during his lifetime, and was connected to several prominent Hudson River School artists, including Albert Bierstadt and Sanford Robinson Gifford. Whittredge was born in a log cabin near Springfield, Ohio in 1820. He painted landscapes and portraits as a young man in Cincinnati before traveling to Europe, where he trained at the Düsseldorf Academy under Emanuel Leutze. In Düsseldorf, Whittredge befriended Bierstadt, and posed for Leutze as both George Washington and a steersman in Leutze’s most iconic painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851), now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Whittredge spent nearly ten years in Europe. He returned to the United States in 1859 and settled in New York City where he launched his career as a landscape painter. In 1865, Whittredge journeyed across the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains with John Frederick Kensett and Sanford Robinson Gifford. The trip resulted in some of Whittredge’s most important works, which were oblong, spare scenes that captured the vastness and silent beauty of the American landscape. Whittredge was President of the National Academy of Design from 1874 to 1875 and was a member of the selection committees for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition. In 1880, Whittredge moved to Summit, New Jersey where he continued to paint for the rest of his life.

Emanuel Leutze (1816–1868) Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851
Oil on canvas, 149 x 255 inches
Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Gift of John Stewart Kennedy, 1897, 97.34


T. Worthington Whittredge (1820–1910)
An Old Colonial House
Oil on canvas, 12 9/16 x 16 9/16 inches
Signed lower right: W. Whittredge.;
inscribed on verso: An Old Collonial [sic] House

Image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art, LLC