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DeWitt McClellan Lockman, American 1870-1957

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DeWitt McClellan Lockman, American 1870-1957
Figure study, oil on artist board, signed with estate stamp. Framed: 28" x 21" bio from Dewitt McClellan Lockman, N.A. (July 30, 1870-July 1, 1957). Landscape, genre, historical, and portrait painter. Born in Brooklyn, the son of Mary Tainter Abbe (1840-1913) and Jacob Kennedy Lockman (1829-1904). A child prodigy, he began painting at the age of four and was mainly self taught except for a few years in his middle-teens when he studied briefly with James N. Beard, Nathan N. Bickford, and William Sartain, A.N.A. Lockman was the youngest exhibitor ever at the National Academy when he exhibited a black and white drawing there in 1880 at the age of ten. He was also one of the youngest artists to ever exhibit in Paris, and studied there during 1891-1892, and then in Holland during the years 1901-1902. As a young man Lockman did numerous studies, sketches, and pastels of animals, landscapes, and the human form. Later he began to focus more exclusively on portraiture, becoming so well regarded and in demand that in the middle of the Depression (1930's) he was commanding $3000 per oil portrait. Though Lockman was born in Brooklyn, he could often be found in Connecticut at his family's estate near Windham. There, he continued working, creating studies of farm buildings, animals, and the local populace, many whom he would use as subjects for his works in the genre format. Lockman was elected to the National Academy in 1917 as an Associate and was elected as a full Academician in 1919. He exhibited widely and held numerous posts of distinction in the Art World. He was the Founder and Vice-President of the National Association of Portrait Painters (1912-1925), President of the several important institutions including: The National Association of Portrait Painters (1925-1957), Allied Artists of America (1945-1946), and The National Academy of Design (1949-1950.

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