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Charles Lewis Fussell
(American, 1840-1909)
Crum Creek, Pennsylvania, 1905
Watercolor on paper, 13 1/2 × 23 3/4 inches

RS 5970


Charles Lewis Fussell was born in West Vincent, Chester County, Pennsylvania, the son of a prominent Quaker abolitionist physician. He attended Friends High School and later Central High School in Philadelphia, where he befriended Thomas Eakins (1844–1916). Fussell began to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1859 and exhibited there between 1863 and 1905. He also took private art lessons from the history and portrait painter Peter Frederick Rothermel (1817–1895). He became interested in landscape after a visit to Greeley, Colorado, and after his family settled in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania he traveled throughout the surrounding area in search of inspiring scenery. Little is known of Fussell's activities until he settled in Brooklyn, New York, in 1889, where he lived for the next eight years.

Dispirited because he failed to achieve professional success in New York, Fussell returned to the family homestead in Media. For the remaining years of his life, he painted detailed watercolor views of the surrounding countryside, especially Ridley Creek.



  


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