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.
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.
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.