Artist Search
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 

 John Wells James  (1873 - 1951)

About: John Wells James


Examples of his work


Quick facts

Exhibits - current  



Book references

Magazine references pre-2007  

Discussion board

Signature Examples*

Buy and Sell: John Wells James

For sale ads

Auction results*

  Wanted ads Auctions upcoming for him*  


Auction sales graphs*


What's my art worth?

Magazine ads pre-1998*  

Market Alert - Free

Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/New York / France      Known for: landscape, botanical

Login for full access
View AskART Services

*may require subscription
BIOGRAPHY for John James
1873 (Brooklyn, New York)
1951 (Magagnosc, Alpes Maritimes, France)

Pennsylvania/New York / France

   Share an Image of the Artist

Often Known For
landscape, botanical

Discussion Board
Would you like to discuss this artist?
AskART Discussion Boards
(3 Active)

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Not unlike the great American poet Wallace Stevens, who was also an insurance company executive, painter John Wells James, Jr., lived a double life as businessman and artist. Along with his three brothers, he was a co-founder of the Brooklyn (NY) wholesale drug company, Towns & James, serving for many years as its president.

As a painter, James was associated with the New Hope School of American Impressionists. He studied painting with James Knox and was a member of the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, the Brooklyn Painters Society, the Rockport Artists Society, and the American Federation of Artists. James ultimately settled in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania community of Solebury, where he regularly contributed works to the Phillips Mill exhibitions. Mostly remembered for his tightly constructed impressionist landscapes of picturesque scenes along the Delaware River, he also created a substantial number of floral still-lives.

He was inspired by the work of Ernest Lawson, and enjoyed frame-making, an art he most likely learned from his close friend Max Kuehne.  James took painting excursions to New England as well as abroad, and had a particular fondness for Spain.

James was born February 22, 1873 in Brooklyn, New York, and he died April 3, 1951, in Magagnosc, Alpes Maritimes, France.  In June 1908, he married the former Louise Buttrick in Brooklyn, and they lived at 115 Columbia Heights.Sources:

W. Robert Chapman, Reference Librarian at the Hartford, Connecticut Public Library, whose wife is a grandniece of the artist.
Alterman, James. New Hope for American Art

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at

  go to top home | site map | site terms | AskART services & subscriptions | contact | about us
  copyright © 2000-2014 AskART all rights reserved ® AskART and Artists' Bluebook are registered trademarks

  A |  B |  C |  D-E |  F-G |  H |  I-K |  L |  M |  N-P |  Q-R |  S |  T-V |  W-Z  
  frequently searched artists 1, 2, more...  
  art appraisals, art for sale, auction records, misc artists