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 DeWitt Clinton Boutelle  (1820 - 1884)

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Lived/Active: New York/Pennsylvania      Known for: landscape, portrait, and coastal view painting

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DeWitt Clinton Boutelle
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The North Conway Valley
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Troy, New York, DeWitt Clinton Boutelle, was an itinerant atist, likely named for New York Governor De Witt Clinton (1769-1828), a man honored with many namesakes because of his crucial role in the 1825 completion of the Erie Canal.   Boutelle was painting both portraits and landscapes in New York City as early as 1846 and at that time, was also exhibiting at the National Academy of Design.  For the next thirteen years, he worked and traveled in the vicinities of New York City and Philadelphia and also was in New Hampshire in the White Mountains. 

Influenced by Thomas Cole and Asher Durand, during this period, he painted in the Hudson River Valley, where his subjects included Niagara Falls and the Catskill Mountains.  Boutelle was such an admirer of Cole, leader of the Hudson River School, that to honor him, he did a full-size copy of Cole's painting Voyage of Life.

In 1851, DeWitt Clinton Boutelle was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design where he frequently exhibited.  He also exhibited at the American Art Union, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Boston Athenaeum, and the Washington Art Association.

There is no record of him receiving formal art training, although in 1859, he accepted the invitation of Samuel Wetherill, art collector and wealthy industrialist to join a group of landscape specialist painters in Bethelem, Pennsylvania.  During this period, he is sometimes listed in Philadelphia with the name Bartelle.

A painting with a western Indian by him was dated 1855, but there is no evidence he was ever in the American West.

In 1855, Boutelle left New York, lived in Philadelphia for two years, and then settled for the remainder of his life in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

Sources include:
Peggy and Harold Samuels, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
Peter Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Biography from Questroyal Fine Art, LLC:
Born in Troy, New York, De Witt Clinton Boutelle settled in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he had a distinguished career as a landscape painter. Inspired by the work of Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand, Boutelle painted grand, romantic landscapes in the style of the Hudson River School. He boasted the patronage of the well-known collector and industrialist Samuel Wetherill and was made an associate of the National Academy of Design in 1851. Boutelle exhibited at major venues including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Boston Athenaeum, the Washington Art Association, and the American Art Union. His paintings can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Newark Museum, among other institutions

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