Charles Hetherington (1855 – 1938)
Following is an exhibition review:
Charleston Daily Mail, July 12, 1931 P.13 Charleston, West Virginia
Exhibit of paintings at the Charleston Public Library
for his seascapes, which he creates in w/c and oils. Now a business man
of 75, Mr. H. until the age of sixty had not touched a brush to canvas.
Up to that time he had been a business man
(Professional Photographer) of Hinsdale, Ill., filled with a longing to
paint, but having neither the time nor money to develop his desire.
Almost at a moments notice, the years of savings vanished in an
unfortunate investment, and he found himself, at the
time that many men retire, a ruined man. The artist's wife, at this
point, took charge insisting that the apparent catastrophe was in
reality the opportunity for him to take up his coveted painting. She
forced him to turn to brush and palette leaving the financial
management of the household to her. Thus Charles Hetherington began to
paint in the beautiful woods surrounding Hinsdale and in the next three
years had progressed to the point of having his first exhibit in
Things from that point began to move rapidly
and the artist's success was assured. With the increase of sale of his
pictures, Mr & Mrs. H went to La Jolla, California (circa 1920)
where he turned to paintings of the sea. He spent a few years in
California and then Europe where, just ten years after his
first attempts on canvas, where he received an acknowledgments of his
attempts of art with a “one man show” at the Selifmann Galleries in
Shortly after that exhibit he returned to the US where he
continues to paint increasingly beautiful pictures. He
makes his home in Hinsdale, Illinois and Winter Haven, Florida
Canada and lived and worked predominantly in the US. Studied art in
Paris. Professional photographer in Canada. “Active in Guelph, Ontario,
1884.” Member of the Chicago Society of Artists.
Immigrated to U.S. in 1888.
Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher and Collector, Greenville, Michigan