Thomas Waterman Wood

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Thomas Waterman Wood

Also Known As: "T.W. Wood"
Birthplace: Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, United States
Death: April 14, 1903 (79)
New York, New York County, New York, United States (heart trouble)
Place of Burial: Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wood and Mary "Polly" Wood
Husband of Minerva A. "Minnie" Wood
Brother of Henry Hosmer Wood and Harriet Storrs Wood

Occupation: Portrait and figure painter of note
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About Thomas Waterman Wood

Thomas Waterman Wood (November 12, 1823 – April 14, 1903) was an American painter born in Montpelier, Vermont.

Bio from Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Dec 10 2016, 21:39:08 UTC

Artist. He studied in Boston and Europe, afterwards working in Montreal, Quebec City, Baltimore, Washington, Louisville and Nashville before settling in New York City, where he established a successful studio. Highly regarded as both a portraitist and a depicter of everyday American life, he created etchings and painted in both oils and watercolors. Wood was also among the first artists to explore the lives of African-Americans, especially those who were not enslaved. Affiliated with the National Academy of Design, he became an Associate in 1869 and an Academician in 1871, and served as academy Vice President from 1879 to 1891 and President from 1891 to 1900. From 1878 to 1887 he was President of the American Water Color Society. His works include "Pickaback"; "Sunday Morning"; "The Shoeshine Boy"; "Politics in the Workshop"; "Curbstone Politeness"; "The Toothache"; "Village Post Office"; "Cakes and Wine"; and three works displayed together at the Metropolitan Museum, "The Contraband," "The Recruit," and "The Veteran." More than 200 of his creations are on display at Montpelier's Wood Gallery, and his paintings and etchings are prominent in the collections of museums throughout the United States and Europe, including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and Great Britain's National Portrait Gallery. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46817687" target="_blank Bill McKern)]



Thomas Waterman Wood's father, John Wood, came to Montpelier from Lebanon, New Hampshire in 1814. The Wood family was of Puritan stock, and it was from Lebanon that John Wood, the father of the artist, married his wife Mary Waterman. She was described as having lived a simple, pious, good-natured and industrious life. John Wood and his brother Cyrus were partners in a cabinet making business, the partnership concluding with the death of Cyrus in 1840. John's other brother, Zenas, lived to be 84 years of age. John Wood was a vigorous citizen, active in his times, the captain of an artillery company and for a long time, a deacon in the First Congregational Church.

When fortune permitted, Wood went to Boston and studied for a short time in the studio of Chester Harding, a portrait painter. In 1850 he married Miss Minerva Robinson, then living in Waterbury, Vermont, and in the same year he built a summer home in the Carpenter Gothic style on the west side of the mountain gorge through which the road leads up to Northfield. He named this home after his wife, making use of the Latin synonym, Athenwood.

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Thomas Waterman Wood's Timeline

November 12, 1823
Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, United States
April 14, 1903
Age 79
New York, New York County, New York, United States
April 14, 1903
Age 79
Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, United States