Carlton Theodore Chapman, American painter, who specialized in marine scenes and illustrated a number of books on naval history. He was a world renowned painter who's paintings today bring very high prices.
Chapman was raised under the auspices of the Baptist faith, but his scholastic education was received mainly in Oberlin schools where the family moved in about 1873.
He moved to New York and studied at the Art Student's League and at the National Academy. He also gained experience at the Academie Julian in Paris, the South Kensingston Museum, and the National Gallery in London. Chapman was commissioned by the US Naval Academy to paint pictures of Naval activities during the War of 1812.His paintings are in the Naval Academy Museum, Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, Larchmont Yacht Club, Atlantic Yacht Club and Lotus Club all of New York and the Ellicott Club of Buffalo. Several museums have a collection of his paintings – the de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, New York Historical Society, New York, NY, The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH. J. Pierpont Morgan, Esq of New York City bought several of his paintings. His paintings are loaned by the Naval Academy and are displayed in government office buildings.
Among his awards was a Silver Medal presented at Boston, 1892; bronze medals at The World's Colombian Exposition at Chicago, 1893; Atlanta Exposition, 1894; Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, 1901 and Charleston Exposition in 1902.
PS...The white spire in the distance is the Baptist Church
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