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 Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell  (1865 - 1915)



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Lived/Active: Michigan/Connecticut / England      Known for: landscape, figure and portrait painting, advertising art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell   (1865 – 1915)
Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell was born in Manistee, Michigan, on December 9, 1865, the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell.  He was educated in the public schools of that city, graduating from Manistee High School, which he followed up with a course at the University of Michigan.  He then began his artistic education at The Art Students League* in New York under James Carroll Beckwith and later in Paris under Raphael Collin.
Of a natural artistic trend and temperament, he sojourned about 15 years abroad in the study of art, learning incidentally in connection many languages and accomplishments.  Ramsdell was married in 1894 at St. Ives, Cornwall, England, to Miss Edith John, a sister of Ernest John of Manistee.  Upon his return to his native land in 1907, he established his home and studio at Lyme, Connecticut, where is located the famous artists’ colony, but he was always a regular visitor to Manistee, for which he cherished ever the warmest affection, and with whose people he always was a pronounced favorite.
As an artist Frederick Ramsdell attained a high measure of fame, his canvasses having been hung at many of the world’s greatest exhibits of art, including a number of those in the Paris Salon in the years between 1891 and 1898.  He is perhaps best known for his iconic poster advertising American Crescent Cycles.  Many specimens from his facile brush are to be seen in Manistee, where they are among the most highly prized possessions.  The Ramsdell Theatre was decorated by him, and he was the designer of the New Advocate building.
Ramsdell was an ardent yachtsman, a keen sportsman and a man of versatile accomplishments, but above all a man of intensely human personality, with an abiding fondness for the home of his youth.  The demise of the artist occurred at noon on Thursday, May 27, 1915, at the home of his parents, on Cedar Street in Manistee.  Although his home was in Lyme, Connecticut, Ramsdell accompanied by his wife and son was in his native city on one of his periodic extended visits.  In ill health for the past three or four weeks, his case took a serious turn yesterday and Dr. S. A. Whinery, a skilled specialist from Grand Rapids was called in Consultation.  Heart trouble was the cause of death.
Frederick Ramsdell, artist and man, will be sincerely, missed by many classes of people.
Obituary, The Manistee News Advocate, Thursday, May 27, 1915.

Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher, East Lansing, Michigan

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