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 Joseph Gray Kitchell  (1862 - 1945)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey/California/Ohio      Known for: religious figure, portrait

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Artist, writer and photographer, Joseph Gray Kitchell was born in Cincinnati, April 25 1862. He was educated in Cincinnati and New York and married Caroline Lincoln Jacobs in October of 1890; together they had one son, Joseph William. He spent most of his career living in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey but by the mid 1930s, had moved to Hollywood, California.

Kitchell introduced the first bicycle (high Wheel) in Cincinnati, imported from Scotland. He organized and was president of Cincinnati Bicycle Club and Director of the League of American Wheelmen. He was also the Photographic editor of "Quarterly Illustrator" published by L'Art duMonde and invented a method and apparatus for the first scientific composite photograph. In 1900 he produced the Kitchell "Composite Madonna", a merging of the most important Madonnas painted by the great masters during 300 years, which attracted wide attention in America and Europe.

In 1915 he invented and patented new methods of reproducing pictures known as "Sub-Chromatic Art," examples of which were accepted by Metropolitan Museum, National Academy of Design, Congressional Library, British Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

Kitchell compiled photographs that enabled his friend F. Luis Mora (1874-1940) to paint in 1919 the official Red Cross allegorical picture, "Thine Is the Glory". A composite of Red Cross nurses who helped soldiers during World War I, the painting was given to the War Department and presented by the secretary of war to Red Cross Headquarters, Washington.

Kitchell was a member of the Connecticut State Council of Defense, the Army Ordinance Association, and was Commander of the Military Order of Foreign Wars. Also he was a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in Britain and honorary officer of the Los Angeles Police Department.

He was the author of "American Supremacy", 1901 and also economic features and scientific writings in magazines and newspapers.

His address was: 516 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica, California.

Sources:
Inga Ojala
Estate representative of F. Luis Mora
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"

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