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|Artist: ||Frank Waller|
|Title: ||Flowers Blooming Beside a Lake|
|Media: ||Oil on board, 10 x 14 inches|
|Description: ||Frank Waller was born in New York in 1842, the son of a dry goods merchant.
He studied drawing at the Free Academy of the City of New York (known since
1961 as the City College of New York) from about 1857 to 1861. According to
an early source, “Between the years 1863 and ’68 he was in business in his
native city, drawing with pen and ink, and painting in oil in his leisure hours.”1
Waller first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1870 and later
that year went to Rome and studied with John Gadsby Chapman (1808–1889). Waller
returned to New York in 1871, and the following year he toured Egypt with his
friend and fellow artist Edwin White (1817–1877). Thereafter he became noted
for his Egyptian landscapes, especially romantic views of archaeological ruins
and native life along the Nile.
Waller studied at the National Academy of Design with Lemuel Wilmarth (1835–1918).
He became one of the founders of the Art Students League in 1875 and served
as its first president, as treasurer in 1876, as corresponding secretary in
1879, and a second term as president in 1881. In 1878 Waller returned to Europe
and visited a number of art academies in preparation for writing his Report
on Art Schools (1879). He exhibited often at the Brooklyn Art Association
from 1873 to 1884 and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1879 to
1884. He continued to exhibit at the National Academy until 1887, when he became
an architect and joined the Architectural League of New York. Thereafter Waller
abandoned his academic Orientalist subjects and painted small Impressionist
oil sketches for pleasure while visiting such places as upstate New York, New
Hampshire, and Bermuda. He remained interested in archaeology and served as
a local honorary secretary of the Egypt Exploration Society from 1897 to 1902
and on the Ur Exploration Society.
1. Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, Artists of the Nineteenth
Century and Their Works (New York: The Riverside Press and Houghton
Mifflin, 1894), p. 331. For a recent discussion of Waller, see Amy L. Walsh
in Natalie Spassky et al., American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1816
and 1845 (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1985), pp. 575–79.
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|Inventory: ||RS 1673|
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|Category: ||•a:American•a:New York•lake•landscape•New York•nineteenth century•twentieth century•|