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 Frances Davis Whittemore  (1857 - 1951)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Illinois      Known for: landscape, figure

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Painter. Writer. Teacher. Studied at Art Students League of NY, at the Art Institute of Chicago, and in Washington. Pupil of J. Alden Weir, Kenyon Cox, Walter Shirlaw, Frederick W. Freer. She was a supervisor of public school drawing in Evanston, IL when she fell in love with Luther Denny Whittemore, a young Latin professor from Washburn College, Topeka. After marriage, they moved to Topeka in 1893. There was virtually no art instruction at Washburn College so she gave instruction in drawing and painting. In 1901, the courses in drawing and painting were listed separately in the college catalog for the first time. Before World War I, she spent two summers in Europe. Became director of the art department at Washburn College in 1913 and retired in1929. Credited with organizing the Topeka Art Guild and the establishment of the Mulvane Art Museum where she served as director. Author of George Washington in Sculpture (1933).
California Art Association; Washington Art Club; Topeka Art Guild.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194727; Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); A &C KS; Fielding, Mantle. Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, with an Addendum containing Corrections and Additional Material on the Original Entries. Compiled by James F. Carr. New York: James F. Carr Publ., 1965.; American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194719/ 20/ 22/ 24; Kansas City J 3/14 1927; Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1; Collins, Jim, and Glenn B. Opitz, eds. Women Artists in America: 18th Century to the Present (1790-1980). Rev. and enl. ed. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Apollo, 1980.; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 28, 2005..
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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