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 John Ingersoll Coggeshall  (1856 - 1927)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: sea-landscape, genre, harborview

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Biography from Whistler House Museum of Art:
The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, ISA Fine Art Consultant

John Ingersoll Coggeshall

John Ingersoll Coggeshall ? painter, photographer, and engraver of genre, landscapes, marines, harbors, and coastal scenes? was born in Fall River, MA in 1856 and died on March 8, 1927 in Lowell, MA. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, writer, poet, businessman, scout leader and teacher as well as a member of the state militia, the Kirk Street Congressional Church and the Sons of the American Revolution ? Coggeshall did it all!

Coggeshall moved to Lowell, MA in 1877 ? just one year after the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and after serving an engraving apprenticeship in Boston, MA. Lowell was becoming a community interested in, and supportive of, the fine and applied arts.  The Lowell Art Association, established in 1878 and the Camera Club, established in 1892, were to become major components of his life.

When Coggeshall arrived in Lowell, he worked at the engraving firm of James E. Rice located at 31 Central Street and painted with two close friends: William Preston Phelps (1848-1923) and Walter Shirlaw (1838-1909). Phelps ? teacher and mentor to Coggeshall ? considered him to be one of his finest pupils. Phelps' American and European training influenced Coggeshall's style of realism in his marine and landscape paintings.

Coggeshall's early work is representative of the American Tonalists: his later work, brighter in color, was somewhere between the Hudson River School and American Impressionism. At the turn of the century, he began to paint the urban scenes popularized by New York painters. Coggeshall often sketched out of doors in pencil and watercolor. With his good friend Phelps, he would paint in areas around Lowell and the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. During the summer months he painted the ocean near Boston Harbor and Gloucester.

John I. Coggeshall became interested in photography before it was given the same status as painting and sculpture. His photographs ? portraits, city scenes, buildings, and interiors ? are documents of life at his time and studies for future paintings. His daughter, Mrs. MacDonald, donated twenty-one of his photographs and negatives to the Center for Lowell History.

Coggeshall's engraving business produced advertising and logo designs for many businesses in the greater Lowell area, including an 1878 engraving for the heading of the first issue of the Lowell Sun. He made many engravings from his own photographs, especially industrial buildings for E. B. Conant, a Lowell auctioneer.

References: Who Was Who in American Art, vol. I, page 121; Davenport's Art Reference 2001/2002, page 423; Boston Art Club Exhibition Record 1873-1909, page 119; Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center (brochure) 1994; Whistler House Museum of Art files.

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