Born in Maine on Jan. 31, 1834. Woodman was raised in poverty and worked on a farm for his board. When he was 14 he left the confines of the farm and went to sea. He sailed to Europe, the West Indies, and was shipwrecked on the coast of Labrador. He then boated on the Delaware and Hudson Rivers, ran a sloop on the North River, and worked as a stevedore on the NYC docks. He had little opportunity for education yet managed to read law and was admitted to the New York bar. After practicing law for two years in Rochester, he studied art in Chicago and made two trips to Europe for further art study. While in Paris, he was a pupil of Thomas Couture. Leaving Chicago in 1871, he divided the next twelve years between the family home in TopekNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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