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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Great portrait artist

Famous & Interesting 7: Walter Ernest Tittle
Born Springfield, Ohio, 1883; Died New York, 1966
One of America's greatest portrait artists, Walter Tittle studied under William Merritt Chase in New York. During his successful career, Tittle lived and worked in both England and the United States and became a member of the Royal Society of Arts, London, the Society of American Etchers, the Chicago Society of Etchers and the Print Makers' Society of California. His work in etching, lithography and painting include such famous portraits as Joseph Conrad, Arnold Bennett and George Bernard Shaw. Although he rarely numbered his original lithographs, engravings and etchings it is known that Tittle's prints were usually published in editions of only thirty-five impressions.
Today the graphic art of Walter Tittle is included in the following collections: the Library of Congress and the National Gallery, Washington, DC, the Art Institute of Chicago, the New York Public Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Joseph Conrad (top left) is one of Walter Tittle's most famous works of art. During the last year of his illustrious life, Joseph Conrad sat for both Tittle's engraved and painted portraits of him. Today an impression of this drypoint engraving and the painted portrait are included in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.


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