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Frederic Whitaker Original Watercolor "Scenes of Mexico" Pictured In Biography

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Frederic Whitaker (1891-1980) Watercolor Painting Bridge over Water Mexico

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An original watercolor on paper from renowned and well listed artist Frederic Whitaker. 
This genre painting by the California artist depicts a family and a donkey crossing 
a stone bridge over water. In the water are a few ducks which the figures are looking at. 
This piece depicts rural life in Mexico. 
This original watercolor, a genre scene of Mexico was copied in print form and included in the limited edition book that was written by Janice Lovoos and published in 1972. The book features images by Whitaker that he painted of Mexico. The painting comes from a prominent Old San Diego family and the buyer will receive that provenance. The book that this watercolor appears in was the Deluxe Limited Edition version. We do not have the book, but is available on Abe's Books.
This piece is done in watercolor and pencil as can be seen in the details. 
It is a well matted and framed, and is signed in the lower right 
corner of the watercolor. 
The back reads the following:
In black marking pen:
"Molding, frame and mat 
by R P for Don & Beth Dickinson 
Jan 1977"
A label:
"This watercolor is a companion piece 
to the Deluxe edition of the book 
Janice Lovoos"
"An Original Watercolor" - FREDERIC WHITAKER - The was a "Limited Edition No. 22"
This painting was purchased from family friends of Whitaker here in San Diego. 
Frederic Whitaker
Frederic Whitaker (1891-1980) won more than 150 awards for his representational watercolors. 
He was an Academician in the National Academy of Design*.  He served as president of the American 
Watercolor Society* from 1949-1956, revamping its format to involve more member participation 
and upgrading the status of annual exhibitions.  In 1943, he organized Audubon Artists*, Inc., an 
art society designed to represent all voices in the visual arts.  He served as officer/board member 
of numerous other national and regional art societies and was listed in a number of 'Who's Whos'.
In addition to his painting and leadership contributions in the visual arts, Whitaker wrote two books on 
watercolor, Whitaker on Watercolor and A Guide to Painting Better Pictures, and a third, The Artist and 
the Real World, random reflections on the art world.  He is the subject of a biography, Frederic Whitaker, 
by artist/author Janice Lovoos.  He wrote more than 90 articles on artists for American Artist magazine, 
and was a contributor to The Artist of London and Today's Art, New York.
Whitaker's watercolors are meticulously designed on a small scale, where he would "think" his way through 
each detail.  When pleased with the overall design, he transferred it to the full sheet, confident in exactly 
what he wanted to do. Ideas for his paintings came from things/people/circumstances he observed, usually 
picking out the "unusual." Whitaker often found beauty in architectural scenes, but he handled every challenge: 
the human figure, landscapes, seascapes, city scenes, country scenes, night scenes, details of trees, 
whimsical dolls, and variations of doorway or archway depictions.
Frederic Whitaker was born in Providence, R.I., Jan. 9, 1891, and quit school at age 14 to go to work. What he 
missed in formal schooling, he picked up on the job at the W. J. Feeley Co., manufacturer of ecclesiastical metalware, 
where he started as an apprentice to the designer at age 16. By age 23, Whitaker was head of design at Feeley. 
After that came work as a designer at Gorham, Tiffany, the Mangan Company, which he co-owned, and finally two companies 
he bought and built up, Foley and Dugan in Providence and the G. H. Seffert Company in New York, both dealing in 
phases of design, manufacture, and distribution of religious goods. He juggled skills as salesman and designer, 
as adept in the business end as in the creative side meanwhile painting watercolors, actively participating in art societies, 
and entering competitive exhibitions.
On Valentines Day, 1943, artist Frederic Whitaker met artist Eileen Monaghan, who was to become Eileen Monaghan Whitaker, 
at a one-man exhibit of his work at Ferargil Galleries in New York City.  In 1949, Whitaker retired from business to devote himself 
to painting, writing, and serving in varying leadership capacities for art societies. In 1965, the Whitakers moved to La Jolla, Calif. 
He died in his home March 9, 1980.
Businessman, entrepreneur, artist, self-made man, Frederic Whitaker rose, as his 1974 Horatio Alger Award states, from humble 
beginnings to make a significant contribution to society.
Magazine: Watercolor: An American Artist Publication
Spring 2004
"Preserving the Past, Insuring the Future"
M. Stephan Doherty
Magazine: American Artist
Year: 1944
Month: n/a
Article Title: "The Watercolors of Frederic Whitaker"
Author: The Editors
Color Illustrations: Yes
Magazine: The Artist (London)
Year: 1959
Month: March
Article Title: "Artist of Note: Frederic Whitaker"
Author: Boylan Fitz-Gerald
Color Illustrations: Yes
Magazine: Southwest Art
Year: 1975
Month: July-August
Article Title: "Frederic Whitaker: A No-nonsense Man"
Author: Jan Jennings
Color Illustrations: Yes
Magazine: Applause, San Diego Magazine of the Arts
Year: 1976
Month: February
Article Title: "Frederic Whitaker: Watercolorist"
Author: David Thompson
Color Illustrations: Yes
Magazine: American Artist
Year: 1977
Month: August
Article Title: "Frederic Whitaker: Mister Watercolor"
Author: Jan Jennings
Color Illustrations: Yes
Magazine: Watercolor '91, an American Artist publication
Year: 1991
Month: Fall Issue
Article Title: "Frederic Whitaker: Mr. Watercolor"
Author: Diane Casella Hines
Color Illustrations: Yes
Approx. Dimensions:
Sight Height:     5"
Sight Width:      7 1/4"

Frame Height:  11 1/2"
Frame Width:   12 3/4"
Great condition, no losses to the painting. 
Does not appear to be laid down.
Matt and frame are in good condition. 
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