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 Howard McCormick  (1875 - 1943)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey/Indiana      Known for: mural-Indian, painting, engraving, illustration

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Moqui Maiden (No. 43), 1909
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter, muralist, wood engraver, and illustrator, Howard McCormick became best known for his museum murals depicting Southwest Indians. He was born in Hillsboro, Indiana and attended public schools in Newcastle and Indianapolis. He took art studies at the Indianapolis School of Art with William Forsyth, the New York School with William Merritt Chase, and in 1895 at the Academie Julian in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens. He was a member of the American National Academy and exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1913 and the Salons of America in 1934.

He established studios in Leonia, New Jersey and New York City. In addition to painting, he did wood engravings that were published in magazines.

In the early 1900, McCormick traveled to Arizona, having been encouraged to visit that area by his artist friend Elbridge Burbank. From his experiences, which included a visit to the Hubbell Trading Post at Ganado, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation, McCormick did murals of the Apache, Hopi, and Navajo. Sites for these murals included the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the John Herron Art Institute, the State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey, the Museum of Science and Industry in New York, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

J.L. Hubbell, proprietor of the trading post, loaned McCormick his family photograph album of Navajo ceremonies. In return, McCormick gave Hubbell a pen drawing of President Taft, an oil painting depicting Polacca, Washington, and a watercolor drawing of Hopi dancers.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Martha Blue, "Indian Trader, the Life and Times of J.L. Hubbell"
Peggy and Harold Samuels, "Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"

Biography from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site:
Howard McCormick was an American painter, muralist, illustrator and wood engraver who was born in Hillsboro, Indiana on August 19, 1875.  McCormick was educated in public schools in Newcastle and Indianapolis.  He was a New Jersey painter specializing in Indian habitat groups for museums.  He studied at Indianapolis School of Art, New York School of Art with William Merritt Chase and William Forsyth and with Laurens at Acadèmie Julian in Paris.

McCormick was a member of the Salmagundi Club in 1907, Artist's Guild of the Authors' League of America in New York and an associate member of the National Academy of Design.  His work is in the collection of Hopi, Apache and Navajo habitat group at the State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey; American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Museum of Science and Industry in New York, and John Herron Art Institute.  His wood engravings are in numerous magazines.

McCormick died on October 11, 1943 in New York City.


Dawdy, Doris Ostrander.  Artists of the American West:  A Biographical Dictionary.  [1974] 3 vols.  Chicago: Swallow Press.  1985.

Falk, Peter Hastings.  Who Was Who in American Art.  Connecticut: Sound View Press.  1985.  

Fielding, Mantle.  Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers.  Ed. by Glenn B. Optiz.  New York: Apollo Book.  1986.

Samuels, Peggy and Harold.  Samuels' Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West.  New Jersey: Castle.  1985.

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