|Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:|
|The following biographical data was published in the Youngstown Vindicator newspaper, April 7, 1948
James W. Porter, former Youngstown artist and photographer, died at his
home, 1366 Brookline Road, Cleveland, Tuesday night. He had been
ill for about two years. Mr. Porter was aged 85.
Youngstowners will remember Porter, as a tall, gentlemanly appearing
fellow with an old-school air and graciousness about him. He was
a good craftsman, and his studio on Spring Street, now part of the
Butler Institute property, was the rendezvous of Youngstown artists.
Mr. Porter was one of the founders and the first President of the
Buckeye Art Club. Early Youngstowners gleaned a good bit of his
culture. He was an exceptionally fine photographer using his
training as an artist as a background for his picture-making. All over
Youngstown on mantels are pictures of the city's prominent families and
those not so prominent.
To have your picture made by "Jim" Porter was considered
something. He made "portrait studies" of Youngstowners long
before most photographers had heard of the word, catching them in a
relaxed mood, making them natural. Photographers from all over
the country visited him and studied his methods. His first studio was
on West Federal Street. Then he located on Phelps near Wood Street and
finally to 39 Spring Street leaving there in 1933 to go to Cleveland.
Only twice in 85 years were Mr. Porter and his twin sister, Mary
Porter, separated on their birthdays. Only last Feb. 19, they
were together again, although Mr. Porter was ill. Miss Porter
retired as an obstetrical nurse at 77. The twins were born in Warren
and are belived to have been the oldest living twins in Ohio.
After going to Cleveland in 1933, Mr. Porter headed the painting
department at the Potter and Mellon Store for several years before
retirement. He never lost interest in photography, though in
recent years he had concentrated most of his time on paintings.
He painted landscapes in oil and, up to last winter, continued to work
on them. He also was an antique collector long before it was a fad and
filled his home with fine china, glass and furniture.
He was a member of the Cleveland Society of Collectors and theSalamagundi Club of New York.
|** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at registrar@AskART.com.|