Until the mid 1960s, Arthur Watson Sparks was better known for his teaching at the Carnegie Institute of Technology than for his paintings, partly because the bulk of his work was kept from public view for more than fifteen years before it was recovered from obscurity. Although he, like Twachtman, died at the age of forty-nine, he left a reasonable amount of work upon which he may be judged.
Washington, D.C., his place of birth in 1870, was also the city in which he received his first art lessons. After an apprenticeship to an architect in the city, he studied painting privately under Howard Helmick (1845-1907) in Georgetown. Helmick himself studied under Cabanel in Paris then gaine
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