Artist Charles Ayer Whipple
Charles Whipple, 1859 – 1928,
Game of Checkers
Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Game of Checkers - 1897,
by Artist Charles Whipple.
- Charles Whipple received his major art
instruction in Paris under Adolphe Bouguereau,
Joseph Fleury and Gabriel Ferrier.
- Artist Whipple a studio in the Sherwood
Studio building in New York; became known
as a portrait, genre and mural artist who
worked in oil and fresco media.
- Charles Whipple's genre scenes reflected
the daily activity of ordinary people such
as in the ‘Game
of Checkers’ capturing a casual
moment of two friends at the checkerboard;
however, Whipple’s focus appeared
to be more on the portraits of his characters
than the game of checkers as the men
take precedence in the pictorial image.
- Among his major works were the realistic portraits of
Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt and Generals
Nelson A. Miles and Grenville M. Dodge.
- Artist Charles Whipple received an
important commission to restore the Brumidi-Costaggini
mural paintings in the senate wing of the
United States Capitol building in Washington,
DC; Whipple spent seven years from 1921
until 1928 retouching the decorations.
- Whipple also painted Secretary Elkins
from life in a portrait that was quite
unique compared to his portraiture artist
style of other known personages.