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Arthur Burdett Frost

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Arthur Burdett Frost
1851 – 1928
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Close Checkers Game - Painting

A Close Checkers Game - painting by, checkers artist Arthur Burdett Frost

Early American artist painter Arthur Burdett Frost, illustrator, graphic artist and cartoonist, who became known for his illustrations for renowned authors such as Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt and William Thackeray.

  • Frost’s father, a historian and biographer, died when Arthur was nine and although he was one of ten children, only two siblings survived past his teenage years.

  • Art was a mode of expression that Arthur Frost discovered early in life and it held a great fascination for him so he pursued a career in it as a lithographer; however, by the age of 23, he was working left rather uninspired by the medium, but then he was offered a chance to illustrate a satirical book, which became a sensation due to his 400 illustrations.

  • Checkers artist Arthur Burdett Frost appeared to find a niche in illustration and cartooning and was often considered the ‘sportsman’s artist’ because of his elegant and witty golfing caricatures published in the contemporary magazine, Harper’s Weekly.
  • He worked chiefly in New York City and became one of the most popular illustrators of his time; his most characteristic drawings portrayed various scenes of American rural life such as his theme of a casual game of checkers observed by interested spectators in his engraving, ‘A Close Game’.

  • Hand colored halftone engraving that depicted a detailed rendering of a leisurely game of checkers between two men in a country store.

  • Artist Arthur Burdett Frost’s portrayal showed a realistic and vivid scene displaying the emotional concentration at the checkerboard in a rustic environment of the time.

  • His media of choice varied according to the theme of his work and included charcoal sketches, gouache and ink drawings, oil and watercolor paintings.

  • Arthur’s subject matter held a broad spectrum from wildlife to frontier settings to expression in the humorous genre and he favored Impressionism before 1940, though became more interested in caricature and cartooning later in life.

  • Rare in the field of art, checkers artist Arthur Burdett Frost was blessed with a happy family life, fame and fortune from ca. 1870, but when his one son died from a brief, but violent illness in France, Frost never fully recovered from his shock and grief.

  • In 1920, artist Frost moved his family to California for the sake of his second son’s health and stayed there until he peacefully passed away on January 22, 1928.

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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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