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1921 Painting with Local Connection

September 16, 2016

A while ago I found a painting of the cherry trees at the tidal basin which caught my eye. It isn’t much, and originally I thought it was a colored photograph, but upon closer examination I realized that it was actually a painting that included the signature E.B. Chappell, 1921. Doing a quick search for the name, I came up empty and set it aside as a project for another day. You can see a photograph of the painting below.

chappell-painting(Painting by Edwin B. Chappell, 1921.)

Last weekend I took up the project again and this time I found a reference that identified the artist.

According to an obituary in the Washington Post, the artist was Edwin B. Chappell. Chappell was born in England ca.  1851 and in his youth immigrated to America, settling in Bedford, Pennsylvania. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1918 and lived in the Petworth neighborhood at 4020 Third Street, NW, from 1919 until his death in 1925. He was known for painting pictures of the Japanese cherry blossoms in Potomac Park.

Sadly his latter years were not without pain and suffering, as sixteen years prior to his death he injured his back in an accident when he fell from a scaffold. About a year prior to his death, Chappell fell from a ladder and broke his arm, and in the summer of 1924 he was struck by an automobile which left him crippled and despondent.

Admiring Painting of Brookland’s Trinity Washington University

May 5, 2016

Lately I’ve been trying to get more familiar with Washington art and artists. I came upon the image below that should be familiar to many in the neighborhood as it is of Trinity Washington University on Michigan Avenue.

Rolle Trinity

The view of Trinity appears to be from the area around the intersection of Franklin Street and Lincoln Road, NE, possibly from within Glenwood Cemetery. The artist is August Herman Olson Rolle (1875-1941) who was  and important D.C. Impressionist landscape painter during the early 20th Century. There is a fairly good biography of him here if you want to read more.

Historical Society’s “For the Record” Exhibit Opens, Running Through July 16th

April 15, 2016

Last night, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. kicked off their second annual For the Record exhibition. The 2016 exhibition’s them was changing D.C. and will be open through July 16, 2016 as noted below.

April 15 – July 16 2016
Tuesday – Friday

10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Selected Saturdays as noted below

Visitors enjoying themselves at the opening of For the Record exhibition.

Visitors enjoying themselves at the opening of For the Record exhibition.

For more than 120 years, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs. The Historical Society aims to continue the tradition of capturing Washington’s built environment through the arts. For the Record is an annual juried exhibit of artworks that capture Washington’s changing urban landscape.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., challenges local artists to create 2D artwork depicting Washington’s changing built environment. For the Record provides exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists, and raises funds to support the Historical Society.

All works except those chosen by the Collections Committee can be yours through the For the Record online auction! The auction opens April 14, 2016 and you may bid online until the closing event on May 26, 2016.

IMG_0371(Attendees admiring paintings in the exhibition.)

IMG_0368(Three of my photographs highlighting change on Georgia Avenue.)


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