May 22, 2017
Thomas Worthington Whittredge (1820-1910), Along the Delaware, 19th century, oil on canvas, 11 5/8 x 15 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1964.
American artist Thomas Worthington Whittredge was born on this day in 1820. Whittredge was a member of the Hudson River School movement, and showed particular skillfulness in his landscape paintings. As a young man, he traveled to Germany to study painting and there befriended artist Emanuel Leutze. Whittredge served as the model for George Washington in Leutze’s famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware.
Whittredge traveled extensively and painted the landscapes as he went, garnering much success in his lifetime. He served as the President of the National Academy of Design from 1874-1875.