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 John Adams Parker  (1837 - 1900)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: landscape-snow, coastal view painting

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Mountain Sunset
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted July 2005, is from Stu Cartwright of Wayland, Massachusetts. He has been searching for information on this artist who painted in and around Keene, New York in the late 1900s. His source is "History of Town of Keene, NY" by James Bailey, Keene Town Historian

But for sheer numbers, as well as degree of fame, the activity which is most closely linked with this Adirondack town is painting. Mrs. Peggy O'Brien, who has long studied Adirondack artists, finds over 400 have painted in these mountains and Keene Valley was the summer capital for many of them. The earliest in the valley are Asher B. Durand (1796-1800), considered a co-founder of the Hudson River School, John Casilear (1811 -1893) and John F. Kensett (1816 - 1871) coming in 1848.

Frederick Perkins came in 1857, boarded at the Bruce home, and with Orson Phelps sat on Mt. Marcy and named Skylight, Basin and Saddelback Mountains. Roswell Shurtleff came first to Keene Valley in 1868 and returned each year for the rest of his life, being, with A.H. Wyant, the fist artists to have summer places here. Wyant built on the hillside east of the AuSable, Shurtleff on the west. Winslow Homer joined John Fitch and Shurtleff in Keene Valley for hunting, fishing, and painting.

John Adams Parker was here by 1866, subsequently building. Robert Monior came in 1875 and by 1882 had a house that became a center for art students. Samuel Coleman arrived in the 1860's. Homer Martin (1836-1897), Sanford Gifford (1823-1880), and Arthur Parton (1842-1914) are but a few more of the recognized American artists who painted the AuSable lakes and mountain of Keene in the nineteenth century. In fact, the Heidelberg Museum of the Paletinate's salute to the American Bicentennial was a 1976 exhibit of work by the first German to the American scenes, a man named Kappel, and featured scenes around Beede's.

John Marin brought Keene Valley art into the twentieth century. Harold Weston, son of S. Burns Weston, wintered alone at his AuSable Club studio 1920-21 to start his painting career, and gave us later life a good local history as well as art sampling in his autobiography "Freedom in the Wilds" (1971). Present day artists living or working in the town include Bruce Mitchell, Vry Roussin, Jossey Bilan, Pat Kirmer, and Nina Winkel.

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John Adams Parker (1827-1900)

A landscape painter, he is primarily known for mountain scenery of the White Mountains, Catskills and Adirondacks.

He was born in New York City on November 27, 1827 and attended the University of the City of New York.  He abandoned a business career to study art in 1857 and first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1858.  Parker became a regular contributor and was elected an associate member of the Academy in 1864.  He was a founder of the Brooklyn Art Association and the Brooklyn Art Club in 1850.

Parker maintained a summer studio in Keene Valley, in the Adirondacks.

He died in Brooklyn, New York, in March of 1900.

The twentieth century biographical dictionary of notable Americans. Volume 8 By John Howard Brown.

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