//Joseph Whiting Stock//
- Known as: Folk and naïve (primitive) artist
- Born: 1815, Springfield, Massachusetts, US
- Died: 1855 (tuberculosis)
An accident at the age of eleven left Joseph Whiting Stock crippled from the waist down. He began to study art
on the advice of a physician when he was 17 and had wheelchair specially designed for him so he could begin a career as an
itinerant portrait painter. He worked in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and eastern Massachusetts.
In 1839, he was badly burned when heating some varnish, and was operated on for a bone infection.
Ill-health probaly forced him to return to Springfield in 1844. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 40.
- His portraiture lessons were taken from a student of Chester Harding
- He practised by copying pictures of famous figures, like Napoleon and Sir Walter Scott
- Kept a diary
- His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, US
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