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 Edwin Forest Beckwith  (1857 - 1928)

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Lived/Active: Michigan/Ohio      Known for: landscape and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Dr. Edwin F. Beckwith, a leading medical practitioner in Ionia, Michigan for much of his life, was a native of Ohio, having been born in Marietta, Ohio, the son of Dr. Ephraim and Frances (Forrest) Beckwith. 

He received his early education in Zanesville, Cincinnati and Columbus where he graduated from high school.  From early childhood he displayed artistic talent, and this he cultivated by courses in art from Farmers College, now Belmont College, near Cincinnati. Other than these brief courses, he was entirely self-taught.

Much of his early artwork – landscapes and portraits - was exhibited in Columbus and attracted favorable attention among friends and critics in local art circles. In 1879 he received several awards for his work in oil painting at the Ohio State Fair. 

For a time he was engaged as a traveling shoe salesman, and during this time he read medical books under the direction of his father. He eventually entered Starling Medical College at Columbus, graduating in 1885. He initially began his medical practice in Urbana, Ohio and within a short time moved to Muir, Michigan. After several years of practice there he was appointed the medical superintendent of the State House of Correction at Ionia, a position he held until 1900.  Continuing his practice in Ionia, Michigan, he eventually became one of the best known physicians in the state.  

Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher, East Lansing, Michigan

Elam Branch and Earl W. De La Vergne, History of Ionia County, Michigan (the artist's obituary)

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