John White Alexander

American, 1865-1915
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John White Alexander : Isabella and the Pot of Basil
1897, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
John White Alexander : Mrs. Daniels with Two Children
1913, oil on canvas, Federal Reserve Board,Washington D.C.
John White Alexander : A Meadow Flower
1912 Oil on canvas 50 1/2 x 40 1/2 inches (128.27 x 102.87 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : June
1911 Oil on canvas 48 7/8 x 36 inches (124.3 x 91.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum, USA
John White Alexander : The Green Gown
c.1904 Oil on canvas 40 1/4 x 22 1/2 inches (102.24 x 57.15 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : Geraldine Russell
1902 - 1903 Oil on canvas, Public collection
John White Alexander : Portrait of Mrs V (Mrs Herman Duryea)
c.1900 Oil on canvas 62 x 52 inches (157.48 x 132.08 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : Woman in a Red Dress
1900 Oil on canvas 47 5/8 x 35 1/4 inches (120.97 x 89.85 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : Isabella and the Pot of Basil II
1897 Oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
John White Alexander : Black and Red
1896 Oil on canvas 47 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches (120.65 x 90.17 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : Althea
1895 Oil on canvas 63 1/2 x 52 1/2 inches (161.29 x 133.35 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : Repose
1895 Oil on canvas 52 1/8 x 63 1/2 inches (132.7 x 161.6 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, New York, USA
John White Alexander : Young Girl in Rose, Portrait of Eleanora Randolph Sears
1895 Oil on canvas 39 3/4 x 21 3/4 inches (100.97 x 55.25 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : Fancy Dress
c.1894 - 1895 Oil on canvas 39 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches (100.33 x 54.61 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : Josephine, the Breton Maid
1892 Oil on canvas 75 1/2 x 36 inches (191.77 x 91.44 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : Landscape Painted at Cornish, New Hampshire
1890 Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches (60.96 x 91.44 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : The Green Dress
c.1890 - 1899 Oil on canvas 39 x 21 inches (99.06 x 53.34 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : A King's Daughter, Girl with Lilies
1889 Oil on canvas 32 x 17 inches (81.28 x 43.18 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : An Idle Moment
c.1885 Oil on canvas 26 x 34 inches (66.04 x 86.36 cm) Public collection
John White Alexander : James McNeill Whistler
Charcoal on paper, Public collection
John White Alexander : Landscape, Cornish, N.H.
Oil on canvas 30 3/8 x 44 7/8 inches (77.2 x 114.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum, USA
John White Alexander : Young Woman Arranging Her Hair
Oil on canvas, Public collection
John White Alexander : Gray Portrait, The Lady in Gray
Oil on canvas 74 3/4 x 35 3/8 inches (190 x 90 cm) Private collection
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John White Alexander (7 October 1856 - 31 May 1915) was an American portrait, figure, and decorative painter and illustrator.

Alexander was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, now a part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Orphaned in infancy, he was reared by his grandparents and at the age of 12 became a telegraph boy in Pittsburgh. His talent at drawing attracted the attention of one of his employers, who assisted him to develop them. He moved to New York at the age of eighteen and worked in an office at Harper's Weekly, where he was an illustrator and political cartoonist at the same time that Abbey, Pennell, Pyle, and other celebrated illustrators labored there. After an apprenticeship of three years, he travelled to Munich for his first formal training. Owing to the lack of funds, he removed to the village of Polling, Bavaria, and worked with Frank Duveneck. They travelled to Venice, where he profited by the advice of Whistler, and then he continued his studies in Florence, the Netherlands, and Paris.

In 1881 he returned to New York and speedily achieved great success in portraiture, numbering among his sitters Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Burroughs, Henry G. Marquand, R. A. L. Stevenson, and president McCosh of Princeton University. His first exhibition in the Paris Salon of 1893 was a brilliant success and was followed by his immediate election to the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts. Many additional honors were bestowed on him. In 1889 he painted for Mrs. Jeremiah Milbank a well-received portrait of Walt Whitman and one of her husband, Jeremiah Milbank. In 1901 he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, and in 1902 he became a member of the National Academy of Design. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and President of the National Society of Mural Painters. Among the gold medals received by him were those of the Paris Exposition (1900) and the World's Fair at St. Louis (1904).

Alexander was married to Elizabeth Alexander Alexander, to whom he was introduced in part because of their shared last name. Elizabeth was the daughter of James Waddell Alexander, President of the Equitable Life Assurance Society at the time of the Hyde Ball scandal. The Alexanders had one child, the mathematician James Waddell Alexander II.

John White Alexander died in New York on 31 May 1915.



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