Saturday, June 4, 2011

Macowin Tuttle (1861-1935)

Charles Macowin Tuttle was a painter, illustrator, engraver, teacher, writer, and lecturer who lived a full life as an artist. He was born on November 3, 1861, in Muncie, Indiana, and studied under William Merritt Chase and Frank Duveneck in his home country and under Jean Paul Laurens at the Académie Julien in France. His specialty was wood engraving for which he invented a process himself.

Facts on Tuttle's life are scarce. He was a member of the artist's colony at Colebrook, Connecticut, and of the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club, and the American Art Association of Paris. The Salmagundi Club established the Macowin Tuttle Memorial Award in his honor. Tuttle's art is in the collections of Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, and Yale University. The only reference I have found to his illustrations is to a series of woodcuts depicting a meeting of Herbert Hoover and British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald at the president's retreat in Rapidan, Virginia.

Macowin Tuttle died in 1935 in Bucks Hill Falls, Pennsylvania.

"Bingham Hall, Old Campus, Yale University" (1920), a wood engraving by Indiana illustrator Macowin Tuttle.
"Winter in Pennsylvania," an oil painting by Macowin Tuttle.

Text and captions copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley

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