Professor Lemuel L. Lowell (1837-1914)
Professor Lemuel L. Lowell was a resident of Watertown, New York for 56 years. He was born in Litchfield, Herkimer County, New York on September 18, 1837. He later moved to Frankfort, a suburb of Utica.
When Lowell was only 12 years old, he created his first painting. Having a natural leaning toward painting and the life of an artist, he traveled to New York City to study art. His studies were interrupted by the Civil War, though his service was brief due to a discharge for disability.
In 1865 he opened a studio in the Paddock Arcade, Watertown, New York where he was an instructor of both music and art. He considered his continued study of nature as the source of his inspiration. His ideal was to reproduce the soft, smooth effects of light within his landscape paintings. He expressed a disapproval of the impressionist style of painting.
Lowell died in Watertown, New York on June 12, 1914.
The Watertown Herald - April 30, 1892 - Saturday
Watertown has reason to be proud of its home artist, Prof. L. L. Lowell. His studio is a charming place to gain an entrance into. His matchless landscapes, some of local scenes, are fit for palaces of kings. Figure painting is one of his specialties; and his moonlight scenes contain the poetry and romance as perfectly blended as the colors. Two of his pictures now on exhibition at Lamon's clothing store are attracting attention. One represents a scene in a sheep pasture, the other an enchanting moonlight scene. Look at these pictures and then secure the services of some friend to
gain you an entrance to the studio of the man who lives and dreams and spends his life in painting and music.
The Watertown Herald - June 5, 1897 - Saturday
Prof. Lowell's Work.
An expenditure of time which will repay the lover of art or nature is a visit to the studio of Prof. L. L. Lowell, the well known artist and musical instructor which for the past 26 years has been located at No. 20 Doolittle & Hall block.
Prof. Lowell's work is known throughout northern New York and he has also many appreciative patrons in the larger cities, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, etc.
He now has in his studio between 200 and 300 finished pictures. His skill as a landscape painter is very widely recognized, his pictures holding the mirror up to nature with a fidelity that not only pleases the artistic eye, but delights also the lover of nature. His latest work, a painting of a mill scene on a Black Stone river, near Providence. R.I., is considered by competent judges to be one of his best works. Prof. Lowell also keeps a fine assortment of high class pictures which he rents for copying. His reputation has grown with years of faithfull and excellent work, both in art and music, until he now has a reputation second to that of no artist or teacher in the northern part of the state.
The Watertown Herald - May 9, 1913 - Saturday
Fine Exhibits of Paintings
Just now "The Busy Little City" — as the Paddock Arcade labels itself - is putting, on display an art exhibit of merit. In store windows and in the studio of Prof. Lowell are shown the oil and pastel productions of this veteran artist of the North Country.
For many years he has been painting scenes familiar to nature lovers of this section and the North Woods, and in his present exhibition there are for sale a number of beautiful works of enduring value. In the collection one can find always a choice, among the landscapes, moonlights, marine views, pastoral scenes, flowers and fruits. Some of the Black river scenes are especially interesting to residents of this locality.
Prof. Lowell has many paintings in the best homes of northern New York, and in fact there are numbers held by discriminating collectors throughout the country. At one of his exhibitions in New York a commission was given Prof. Lowell to paint four pictures for W. H. Appleton, Who was so well pleased with them that he secured a number of other orders for the local artist. His Adirondack views have had an especial popularity.
Compiled and written by Theodore Gegoux.