Joseph Whiting Stock ~ Biography & Gallery

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Joseph Whiting Stock ~ Biography

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.

Joseph Whiting Stock ~ Trivia

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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Joseph Whiting Stock ~ Gallery

joseph whiting stock - portrait of mary abba woodworth, 1837
Joseph Whiting Stock
Portrait of Mary Abba Woodworth, 1837
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This was undertaken at beginning of his professional career. It indicates the results of his cursory education. The cat and the sofa in the background are crudely rendered, while the artist concentrates his energies on the portrait proper. Despite evident difficulty achieving an anatomical likeness of the hands and limbs (often a problem for the self taught), the arms are disposed in a graceful pattern. The stylization of the "real" flowers carried by the girl is boldly set off by the floral pattern of the rug. The formal configuration of the cat, coiled into an upside down question mark, is echoed by the scrolls of the sofa. Regaedless of its occasional awkwardness, the painting achieves a harmonious balance of the disparate elements.
Source: The Folk Art Tradition: Naive Painting in Europe and the United States (direct link to book @ amazon.com.

joseph whiting stock - jane henrietta russell
Joseph Whiting Stock
Jane Henrietta Russell
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joseph whiting stock - portrait of a girl
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Portrait of a Girl
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joseph whiting stock - mary jane smith
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Mary Jane Smith
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joseph whiting stock - william howard smith
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William Howard Smith
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Joseph Whiting Stock - John and Louisa Stock Fine Art Poster
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John and Louisa Stock
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Joseph Whiting Stock - Self Portrait Fine Art Print
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Self Portrait
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Joseph Whiting Stock - Master Henry Field 1844 Fine Art Poster
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Master Henry Field, 1844
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