|Description: ||Signed at lower left:"FRANK REED WHITESIDE">br>|
Frank Reed Whiteside was born in Philadelphia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1888 to 1892 with Thomas Anschutz and later attended the Academie Julian in Paris where he became an established portrait painter. In Philadelphia, from 1902 to 1921, he took over the former studio of Robert Henri and William Glackens and taught art in public and private schools including the Pennsylvania Academy.
The Whiteside family traveled in the summers and had a home in Ogunquit, Maine, a thriving artist colony. He also traveled frequently to the Southwest, and from 1890 to 1920 lived for extensive periods with the Zuni Indians, studying their culture and doing a number of paintings of their ceremonies and pueblo genre. He also painted the Apache and Hopis in Arizona and did many scenes with adobe architecture.
On September 19, 1929, he was shot to death mysteriously at his front door of his home on Waverly Street. The gunman was never found, nor was the motive ever known. A memorial service was held at the Pennsylvania Academy, but his work was largely forgotten until the 1970s when the Phoenix Art Museum had a special exhibition of his painting and the Academy presented two of his paintings to the White House collection.
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