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Charles Shepard Chapman

 (1879 - 1962)
Charles Shepard Chapman was active/lived in New Jersey, New York.  Charles Chapman is known for illustration, landscape and genre painting.

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Artist Bulletins for Charles Shepard Chapman

32 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

Charles S Chapman
Brian (04/15/2015)
Picked up a pencil or charcoal sketch today in Cheyenne, WY. Understand Charles spent time in Wyoming and taught briefly at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

"Ranch Near the Foothills"
Bill (04/10/2015)
I just bought this in auction and wondered if anyone with knowledge of Chapman, or any of his family, might be willing to speculate as to the approximate location and/or date of painting. I love the piece and am just curious to find out more about it.

Uncle Charlie
Barbara Wolfe Gittleson (11/12/2014)
I am still around and welcoming questions about Uncle Charlie. Check out my Barbarawolfegittleson facebook page. I will post some of Uncle Charlie's paintings on that.

Two Charles S Chapman paintings
Alyssa Spencer (06/16/2013)
I inherited the 'The Wood Road' and 'open Woods' both signed by Charles S Chapman has his address at 156 Sylvan Ave Leonia on back both signed. Would love to know more about the artist!

Print "back door step"
Deborah Noble (01/30/2012)
I inherited a print entitled "Back Door Step" by Charles S. Chapman, NA. It was penciled in and written "to Mrs. John Noble from Charles S. Chapman, NA". My grandmother, Louise Ernst Noble, lived in Leonia, NH from the 1930's. This print is really interesting and shows two period older women and a young girl with a doll on the back kitchen doorstep with a brick house, stone coblestone yard and wood shed or outhouse. Any information would be appreciated.

Uncle Charlie
Bonnie Dimmick (01/16/2012)
My mother, Blanche Ahrens Banks, was named after her Dad's (William Ahrens, sister of Ada) mother, Blanche Hubbard Ahrens. I was very young when we stayed in "the big house" in Morristown, NY, but have some strong memories of the rocky over hanging ledges from which we swam in the St. Lawrence River. Aunt Ada always had a bowl of water lillies on a table near the staircase to the second floor. I was a bit afraid of Uncle Charlie, as he could be very stern. I posed with my beagle dog, Happy for a painting I still have.

painting where Charles taught
Kathy Kelly (06/01/2011)
Today, a group of us plein air painters from the Thousand Island Region spent the day painting around the grounds of the McDonald home. Joe and Shirley had some pictures of Charles and his class out in the garden back in the 30's. They are going to be presenting a retrospective of Charles on July 21 at the Gateway Museum in Morristown. (7 pm.) We were able to tour the home, with many paintings by Charles on the walls. I live a couple of blocks away from this beautiful site, and did not realize the richness of the history associated with the property.

I knew "Uncle Charlie" in the early 30's in Leonia, NJ.
John M Wasdworth II (05/25/2010)
As a child in the Early 30's I lived in Leonia, NJ, on Park Ave. Right next to All Saints Episcopal church. (My Father, George Carlton Wadsworth was Rector). Uncle Charlie, as I called him - no relation, lived a couple of blocks, west I believe. I don't remember the street name. At that period he painted Locomotives in great detail for various Railroads. He also painted the mural in the back of the audotorium of Leonia Elementry school that I attended at that time.

Charles Shephard Chapman
Paul Hoffman (11/11/2009)
I have had the good fortune of locating two of the oils done by Charles Chapman of St Thomas, but continue to hope that I can find where the painting entitled "St. Thomas from Havensight, Virgin Islands" might be. Thanks.

A bit of history
Bill Rice (10/13/2009)
My Mother-in-Law, Dorothy Lucas of Dennis, Massachusetts says she worked for Charles Shepard Chapman during WWII at a company named AirCraft Radio Corp. She says Charles was designing rockets for the war effort. This was in Morristown, NJ

Uncle Charlie paintings
barbara ahrens isherwood (02/21/2008)
I am a neice of Uncle Charlie. MY father sister, Elsa Ahrens was Aunt Ada sister. My family and I spent many a summer in Morristown. I have many happy memories of being there. I am also looking for the picture "Country Road." My parents sold it when I was very little. A hello to David Carroll. It has been many years since we were in MOrristown.

Charles S. Chapman slide catalogue of paintings
Beverly Baur Mavus (02/20/2008)
My Dad, Wilbur E. Baur was aprominent art framer and art dealer located in Englewood, NJ from l955-70. He also was a photographer who took slides of about 80 different paintings of Chapman's. AFter my Dad's death, we sold some of Chapman's paintings in his collection and kept others. He had about six artworks of Chapman's. I also had the biography of Chapman, that his wife Ada wrote. The subjects of his paintings in this slide collection include landscapes, portraits, and environmental people shots. All interesting and beautiful.

found art work
Joseph Torres (11/27/2007)
Hello,I recently found a piece of artwork signed by Charles s. chapman. As I read all the other stories and have seen some of his other works, I find this piece sort of strange!!! The picture is of all the means of transportation. (In his time I would imagine)There are trains, planes, autos, diregibles and even covered wagons. The only thing that looks closely familiar to his other works is the "sunlight through the clouds effect.There is also a small mountain range and lots of cowboys mounted on their horses just moving along.Does anyone have a clue to the story behind this one?

Chapman and his students--Ruth Taylor
James Landi (09/11/2007)
My mother, Katharine Landi, as one of Chapman's students... from the mid-50's until he died in '62. She became a close personal friend of Ruth Taylor, another of Charlie's students. He and Ada visited our home on occasion, and I recall visiting with the Chapman's and the Taylors (they lived in Westwood, NJ, at the time. He was an imposing and highly intellectual man- impressive, well-spoken...

charles chapman
lucy akers (07/23/2006)
We have a painting titled engraved in colors on the back there is writing after romney Mrs whatman dated that it was framed january 14 1909. we are looking for some history on this it is signed on the lower right hand corner by chapman. please feel free to e-mail if you have any information on this.

Chapman Oils
David Baxter (04/24/2006)
I also have 2 Charles S. Chapman oils and am wondering about the history of them... One is labled Mermaids Pool and the other is not lable but looks to be 2 young boys in the woods.

Charles Chapman
Michele Martin (04/06/2006)
I own a portrait of a young woman in oil on board signed "Chas Chapman, NA". It looks to be from the '30s. I purchased it many years a go from a gallery in Brooklyn, NY. It is a prized piece and we call it "Beautiful Girl" Any information on the subject would be of interest.

DAVID CARROLL SR. (07/25/2005)

Charles Chapman
Dana (McGeehan) McKay (07/08/2005)
My hometown is Englewood, NJ. My father, Robert McGeehan, was an artist and knew Charles Chapman. As a child, I remember seeing my mother, Emilie McGeehan, going out dressed in a gypsy costume because she was going to pose for Charles Chapman, or possibly for one of his classes.) Did he teach in Leonia? I have always wondered what the painting(s) of my mother as a gypsy looked like. Does anyone know anything about a painting like this? —Dana McKay

Charles S. Chapman N.A.
Matthew Taylor (06/13/2005)
My Grandmother (Ruth Jenkins Taylor) was a student and freind of Charles Chapman. In addition my Mother was a model for him. We have a number of pieces in oil and other medium. In addition we have a number of letters and the vanity printing of his biography.

kim forbes (05/27/2005)
I have recently realized that I am related to Charles S. Chapman. Not quite sure how. My Grandomther was Gladys Shepard Craig. With my 3 siblings, we own a camp in Chippewa Bay, New York and on our wall in the dining room, is a beautiful portrait of our grandmother, Gladys Shepard Craig, done by Charles Chapman. Also we have a sketch done of my father, Philip B. Craig, by Charles Chapman. I also have a wonderful Winter Scene done by Charles Chapman. There is a woman in the bulletin who mentions a Laura Hubbard and I believe we are also related to her. This weekend we will be planting flowers int he Ogdensburg cemetary and I believe where we plant the flowers has the name of Hubbard. Just wondered if this is the same Hubbard that relates to William Hubbard Parkhurst that has been on the bulletin as of 2/25/2005. Anyway, I will be checking the cemetary this weekend, so I will make sure of the names. Thanks. Kim Forbes

Charles S. Chapman n.a.
David B. Hills (02/26/2005)
I am interested in a work entitled "Mysterious Isle" It is an indian in a canoe approaching an island what appears to be a cave in a mountain. Any information about this painting would be appreciated.

Charles Chapman
William Hubbard Parkhurst (02/25/2005)
My Great Grandmother,Laura Hubbard Parkhurstwas a sister to Blanche Hubbard Ahrens,mother of Ada who was the wife of Charles Chapman.The Ahrens and Parkhursts were very close and I had the privilege of knowing Cousin Charlie on their visits from Leonia to Hammonton, NJ. We have some of his work. I am into geneology and interested in corresponding with his relatives. I see Barbara Gittleson's name on the bulletin board. We are cousins and have never met.

Charles S Chapman
Paul Hoffman (01/24/2005)
I am interested in a work entitled "St. Thomas from Havensight, Virgin Islands." Any information on its whereabouts would be much appreciated, as would any information about other works by Mr. Chapman done in and of the Virgin Islands.

Scetch of my Mother
Stanly mallard (01/21/2005)
To Begin I welcome all comments... I am try to find some additional on a charcoal drawing that Charles S Chapman drew of my Mother as a little girl in Leonia. At that time my Grandparents, Stanley and Grace Nelson, lived down the street, and asked Charles to draw my Mom. In the documentation, via letter form, written by my Grandmother, mentioning that this was the first time Charles drew a person, and subsequently went on tour with him to various venues. Currently, the scetch, probably, 18in x 14in, graces a prime spot on our wall. If these is any additional information, on this drawing, I would appreciate your knowledge.

Charles Shepard Chapman n.a.
"Tom" Thomas (06/28/2004)
I recently learned of this website from my nephew Greg. How great it is to find other people who share the same interest in my "Uncle Charlie" (who is actually my great uncle as he was my grandfathers brother on my mothers side). My parents and my brother and I visited Charlie and Ada in Morristown for several weeks in summers starting when I was seven years old. I can't remember exactly how many summers we went there or exactly which years they were, but I have a number of wonderful memories of those times with "Uncle Charlie". I especially remember as a young child that Charlie was the only man I ever knew who could keep me busy ALL the time. This was I'm sure all well planned so that the adults (my folks and Charlie and Ada) could visit with out a very active little boy driving them to tears. Anyway, Thanks to all of you who have already contributed to this website. I look forward to learning and sharing more about Uncle Charlie with you in the future. G.L. (Tom) Thomas

Chapman info
Greg Thomas (05/24/2004)
I am thrilled to have found a group of people who are interested in the work of Charles Chapman. I am related to him through my grandmother, Eleanor Chapman, who became a Thomas through marriage. I grew up with lots of works by Charles Chapman in my house in Wisconsin. My mother, father, and uncle have quite a few works by him. A couple summers ago, I found a number of photos of his work that he had taken for record keeping, other family photos, as well as some articles by him and a biography published by his wife, Ada. Interestingly, my wife grew up in Leonia on Ames Ave., a block away from where Charlie lived. I was pleased to read about how Carol Lutchen restored the painting at the Leonia grammar school. I know there are some other works by Charles Chapman in the area. One particularly memorable work hangs at the Women’s Club of Englewood. I would be happy to share what I know about Charlie Chapman with anyone interested. I currently live in Taiwan. I will be returning to the States this summer to visit family and certainly will be in the Leonia/Tenafly area. Also, I will inform my uncle about this web site, as he personally knew “Uncle Charlie.”

Painting entitled "South America"
Carol Lutchen (05/21/2004)
I just wanted to inform all that we just repaired and cleaned a large Chapman painting entitled "South America." It was appraised at $75,000. It was donated to our school district in the early 1930's. We are also completing an oral history of him by David Boyd, a Leonia artist who grew up under Chapman.

Sally James Farnham?Charles Chapman
Michael Reed (04/22/2004)
I am currently researching for a catalogue raisonne of work by American sculptor Sally James Farnham(1869-1943). Farnham was Charles Chapman's cousin. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who might have stories about these two cousin artists and their personal and professional relationship.

Howard Van Allen (01/18/2004)
I am a former resident of Leonia,NJ and friend of Charles Chapman. I have a charcoal drawing of Aunt Julia which he gave me. I would like to know more about this. Thank you, Margaret Haas

Barbara Gittleson (07/25/2002)
I am the niece of the late Charles Chapman and grew up in his studio. I own much of his work. I would love to share information on him.

chapman at leonia
usartcop (06/03/2002)
Any National Academy artist is definitely worth restoration. My sister in law in Upper Saddle uses Walter Nowatka at Gatehouse Galleries in Wyckoff. (201)891-4499 Have him take a look at it. Good luck. The school should give you written permission to remove it for consultation.

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