James Wells Champney  (American, 1843-1903) 


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James Wells Champney, Frolicking in Hay


James Wells Champney
Frolicking in Hay

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James Wells Champney, Farmville, Virginia


James Wells Champney
Farmville, Virginia, 1873
gouache, ink and pencil on paper


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James Wells Champney, A portrait of Madame Sophie, daughter of Louis XV


James Wells Champney
A portrait of Madame Sophie, daughter of Louis XV
pastel on canvas


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James Wells Champney, View from Libby Hill Overlooking James River, Virginia


James Wells Champney
View from Libby Hill Overlooking James River, Virginia, 1873
gouache and pencil on paper


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  Painter, illustrator, sketch artist engraver, teacher
  Born in Boston, lived in NYC, MA, New Orleans, LA active 1873-74
  Studied: Lowell Inst,. MA, Edouard Frere’, 1866, Academie d’ Anvers, France, Antwerp Academy, 1868, with Van Lerius
  Member: Assoc. National Academy, Am. Watercolor Soc., Boston Art Club, SC, Boston Watercolor Club, NAC, Century Assn., Players, AFAS, MMA
  Positions: Instructor, Smith College, Hartford Soc. Des. Art
  Established a reputation as a genre painter of rural scenes and country home life
  Among the first American artists to adopt Impressionism
  1859 He was apprenticed to a Boston wood engraver (at age 16), then fought in the Civil War, discharged because of malaria
  1864-66 Taught at a ladies school
  Studied in France until 1870
  1873-74 Went to New Orleans for Scribner’s Monthly with journalist Edward King to portray the South in a series of illustrated articles
  1880 He practically abandoned oils and watercolor to devote his entire energies to pastels
  Son of Benjamin Champney
  1868 (first prize in drawing) Royal Academy Antwerp
  1873-74, 1876-78, 1883-1902 Boston Art Club
  1874-1903 National Academy of Design
  1875, 1894 Paris Salon
  1876 Cent. Expo., Phila.
  1877-85, 1912 Brooklyn AA
  1881-83, 1890-91 PAFA
  1882 Southern Art Union
  1893 AIC, Columbian Expo., Chicago
  1897 Tennessee Cent. Expo., Nashville
  1897 (solo of 40 pastels) Knoedler Gal., NYC
   Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists, P & H Samuels, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 300 Years of American Art