John Dull 1859-1949

Path to the Delaware

  • 20 x 22 inches (50.8 x 55.9 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right: J. Dull

Why We Love It

Although he was better known as an architect, John Dull was also a talented artist, working in oil, watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. In the 1890s, he began painting scenes along the Delaware River, such as this winter landscape, which clearly demonstrates his considerable skill as an oil painter.

The Value

This painting by Dull presents a unique buying opportunity for a new collector of Pennsylvania Impressionism looking for a quality painting at a reasonable price.  Many of the Pennsylvania Impressionists are out of reach for some admirers and collectors of the school, but Dull beautifully captures the region in this painting and compares favorably to his better-known colleagues.

Artist Background

1859: Born in Philadelphia; 1885-91: Worked as an architect for Wilson Brothers & Company; 1893: Launched his own architecture firm; 1890s: Started painting scenes of the Delaware River; 1930s: Taught painting at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts; 1903: Received the Plastic Club Medal; 1905: Received the Philadelphia Sketch Club Medal; 1934: Won the Dana Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy Watercolor Exhibition; 1941: Won the O. J. McCarthy Prize; 1947: Won the Miniature Society Landscape Prize; 1949: Died in Philadelphia.