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Frank English

 (1854 - 1922)
Frank F. English was active/lived in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Indiana / Europe.  Frank English is known for genre, rural landscape and marine painting.

Frank English

Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery

FRANK F. ENGLISH (1854-1922)

Recognized for his watercolor paintings in early twentieth-century America, Frank English was born in Louisville, Kentucky and studied under Thomas Eakins and others at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From 1881 until 1903, he exhibited at the Academy, as well as the Philadelphia Art Club and the American Art Society, while supporting himself as a commercial artist in Claymont, Delaware. In 1905, he traveled to Europe, visiting England and Holland. Five years later, he relocated to Point Pleasant in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he resided until his death.

While English also painted in oil and pastel, he is chiefly admired for his watercolors, which he highlighted with gouache and applied with a loose, delicate touch. He is best known for bucolic scenes of rural life—cider making, grazing cattle, harvesting chores, and horse-drawn carriages—images of an environment soon altered by expanding populations and technologies.

Most of English's landscapes record the countryside around his home in Bucks County or document his travels in Europe, particularly England. The moss-draped oak in this rural scene and the African American couple driving the carriage suggest that he made at least one trip to South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida. English rarely dated his pictures, and he reused descriptive titles like Rural Landscape, Country Road, and Farm Scene, making it difficult to identify exact locations. The same building (or one nearly like it) appears in the background of Rural Life, (circa 1900; present location unknown), along with the carriage and drivers.

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Biography from Newman Galleries
Frank F. English was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1854.  English worked in watercolor, primarily painting landscapes of the countryside and the activities along the Delaware River.

English studied with Thomas Eakins and Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1881-1882.  He traveled to England, Holland, and Nova Scotia, where he sketched and made paintings.

He lived in Delaware approximately ten years, working as an illustrator and then moved to Philadelphia from 1904 to 1910.  English eventually settled down in Point Pleasant, (Bucks County) Pennsylvania, where he did the majority of his work.

He was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, where he taught and served as Vice-President.  He was a fellow of the Art Club of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Club of Philadelphia, and was included in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915.  In 1923, a year after his death, the Philadelphia Sketch Club held a memorial exhibition of his work.

The artist died on December 22, 1922 in Point Pleasant and was buried at the Point Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

Biography from Edgartown Art Gallery
Frank F. English was born in 1854.  He lived in Mt. Holly, New Jersey and Claymont, Delaware before settling in Point Pleasant, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

In the early 1880s, he studied for five years in the evening classes of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  His instructors included Thomas Eakins, as well as James P. Kelly and Thomas Anshutz.  Exhibition records indicate he resided in Claymont from 1889 to 1902, where he illustrated for local newspapers, magazines and books.  He also produced landscapes in watercolor, which became his specialty.

English moved to Bucks County in 1910, and resided there until his death.  He joined the Philadelphia Sketch Club in 1888, and was its Vice-President when he died in 1922.

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About  Frank English

Born:  1854 - Louisville, Kentucky
Died:   1922 - Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Known for:  genre, rural landscape and marine painting