James Carroll Beckwith

(1852-1917)

James Carroll Beckwith was a portrait, genre and landscape painter born in 1852. He studied at the National Academy of Design, NYC, in 1871 as well as Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. While living in Paris, Beckwith shared a studio with Sargent. They both assisted a former teacher, Emile Carolus-Duran, in painting ceiling decoration in the Louvre. He also exhibited at the Paris Salon four times between the years 1877-87. In 1910 Beckwith moved to Italy for four years where he worked on plein-air landscapes that were full of sun and color. Although most of his work was basically academic, he felt a strong Impressionistic impression. Beckwith was also a highly respected teacher at the Art Students League in NYC, where he taught an antiques course. In 1917 Beckwith met with his friend, the painter Thomas Moran, and decided he would write his autobiography. Unfortunately Beckwith passed away later that same year before he could complete Souvenirs and Reminiscences. His wife donated the unfinished manuscript to the National Academy of Design.