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Carlton Theodore Chapman
Date: 1860 - 1925
Remarks: He attended Oberlin College and then took up art studies in New York at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. In the mid-1880's he went to Paris, where he studied at the Acadèmie Julien under Boulanger and Lefebvre. During this time Chapman also traveled to England and the Netherlands. Returning to New York in 1886, Chapman set up a studio where he specialized in marine views and landscapes. He illustrated covers for Harper's and Scribner's magazines. In 1896, he did a successful series of paintings of naval battles for James Barnes's Naval Actions of the War of 1812. He also did the illustrations for Alfred Mahan's "Naval Wars of the United States", which appeared in Scribner's in 1904-5. An avid collector of ship models, Chapman had a thorough knowledge of ship construction and navigation. Besides oil paintings, he also did a great many watercolors and etchings.
Biography: Born in New London, Ohio, Carlton Chapman ran away at fifteen and spent a year on a Great Lakes schooner. He later studied at Oberlin College, Ohio, the National Academy of Design, and the Arts Student League, both in New York City. In the mid-1880s, he attended the Académie Julien in Paris and traveled to England and the Netherlands. Upon his return to New York City in 1886, he established a studio and embarked on a lifelong specialization in marine views and landscapes rendered as oil paintings, watercolors, and etchings. As background, the artist had an extensive understanding of ship construction and navigation, collected ship models, and was an enthusiastic yachtsman. In the late 1890s, during the Spanish-American War, Chapman also became known as an illustrator and artist-correspondent for 'Harper's Weekly.' His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and is in the collections of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, all in New York; the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; and the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri, among others.