Howard Helmick (American, 1845-1907)
Two Young Ladies
Charcoal on paper, signed lower right.
Sight Size: 16” x 20”
Helmick was a painter, etcher and teacher, born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1845. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Peter Rothermel. He travelled to Paris in 1854 where he studied and exhibited at the Paris Salon. He then lived in London from 1872 to 1887 where he became a member of the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, exhibited regularly and gained fame as an etcher and illustrator.
Helmick settled in Washington, DC in 1887 where he remained until his death in 1907. There he was active in the Society of Washington Artists, the Washington Water Color Club and the Washington Society of Fine Arts. He taught painting and drawing at the Art Students’ League of Washington, at Georgetown University and in his Georgetown studio. He exhibited at the national Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Art Association. He also was represented at the Paris Exposition of 1900. He contributed illustrations to Century and Harper’s magazines and is represented in the Corcoran Gallery and the National Museum of American Art.
McMahan, Virgil. "The Artists of Washington, D.C. 1796-1996"