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 John Henry Witt  (1840 - 1901)

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Lived/Active: New York/Indiana      Known for: portrait, genre, landscape, religion

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John Henry Witt
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Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
A portrait, landscape, genre, and still-life painter, born in Wayne County, Indiana, John Witt studied in Cincinnati during the late 1850s under Joseph Oriel Eaton, and then settled in 1862 in Columbus, Ohio. There he initially concentrated on Biblical scenes, and "Rebecca at the Well", his first effort, sold promptly for five hundred dollars. Other efforts, however, did not fare as well, and he partially supported himself for several years as a photographer tinter for Michael Witt.

In 1865 he received a cash award at the Ohio State Fair for "best oil painting by an Ohio artist." By the 1870s he had built a solid reputation as a portrait painter--thirteen of his gubernatorial portraits were commissioned for the Ohio House. He was also a teacher, and among his many pupils were Silas Martin and James Henry Moser.

In 1877 or 1878, Witt moved to New York City, where he exhibited annually at the National Academy of Design until 1899.

He died in New York, September 13, 1901.

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