Nathaniel C. Bullock (1848-1901)
A Detroit native, Bullock worked in oil and watercolor and was known for his marine scenes. The reviewer of the “Exhibition of Detroit Artists Association” at Hanna and Noyes, in the Detroit Journal of April 18, 1893, remarked that two of Bullock’s marines, A Ten Knot Breeze and A Bit of a Shore, were “very characteristic.” Bullock was in good company, for the works of John Mix Stanley, the famous artist of Indians and of western landscapes and who had been dead for twenty years, and Robert Hopkin were also exhibited.
Though Bullock worked as a sign painter and a travel agent, he also gained recognition as an artist. His exhibitions were in Detroit only, at the Detroit Museum of Art (1886), and the Detroit Artists' Association (1891, 1893). In spite of the fact that very little factual information is known about Bullock, he work demonstrates a high level of competence which also strongly suggests a ready familiarity with the latest artistic trends probably then known in Detroit.
Excerpted from the exhibition catalog: Early Michigan Paintings, Michigan State University, 1976.
Compiled and submitted by Edward Bentley, researcher of Lansing, Michigan