For your consideration, a circa 1920’s pastel on paper portrait by the American artist Dewitt Clinton Peters (1865 - 1948). The work, a portrait of a young man, is noteworthy for its vital color palette, fine draftsmanship, and dramatic subject treatment. The colors are vivid; the whites are strong and pure, and the blues, reds, greens, and earth tones are all saturated and bright. Most probably an illustration, the work has a decidedly masculine aura, and is identified with paper insert that reads “DeWitt Peters” (approximately of the same time period as the portrait, 1920’s-1930’s). The pastel is in good vintage condition, with some age marks to the paper (see photos), no tears or repairs, and measures 34cm x 26.5cm ( 13 ½” x 10 ½”), and is in its original 15” x 12” frame. This fine early 20th century work shows well in every environment and with all styles of décor.
Dewitt Clinton Peters was born at the army hospital in Ft. McHenry, Baltimore, MD in 1865. Peters studied at the Academie Julian in Paris, France, with Lefebvre and Boulanger from 1886 to 1888; at the Ecole des Beaux Arts with Gerome, and with Collin. At the age of 23 he was awarded a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889, where his older friend and mentor, John Singer Sargent took the gold. He also exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1888, 1889, and 1891. He exhibited at the Societe des Beaux-Arts from 1894 to 1896, the National Academy of Design in 1899, and the Society of Independent Artists in 1917. Peters lived and worked in Paris, Baltimore, New York and Connecticut, and was a prominent and talented portrait painter. His work is at City Hall and the Boy's School in Baltimore, at Yale, Harvard and Rutgers Universities, and the Historical Society and High School of Albany, New York. He was one of the first "Profiles" subjects in the New Yorker magazine. Peters illustrations appeared in Tutti Fruitti; Children of the Week; Madame Daulnoy's Fairy Stories; St. Nicholas; Harper's, Young People, Wide Awake, and New York Life.
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