Frederick Judd Waugh (1861 - 1940)
Boats on the Thames near London Bridge, 1904
Oil on canvas
18 x 23 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: F. J. Waugh / 1904
Whistler style frame
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, May 23, 1980, lot 63, illustrated
Private Collection, New York
London, Royal Academy, 1904, possibly no. 395, as In the Heart of Great London
Frederick Judd Waugh born in Bordentown, New Jersey, and was the only child of painter Samuel Bell Waugh by his second wife, Mary Eliza Young, who was a miniature painter. He grew up in the atmosphere of the studio, and both he and his half sister, Ida, became painters.
He was trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1880 to 1883 and studied with Thomas Eakins. He continued his studies at the Academie Julian in Paris and exhibited at the Paris Salon. He returned to Philadelphia in 1885, the year his father died, and remained until 1892 painting portraits and landscapes.
In 1892, he married Clara Eugenie Bunn, whom he had met at the Pennsylvania Academy, and in that same year, they began a fifteen-year sojourn in Europe. They lived primarily in London from where he did many paintings of the Channel Island of Sark and at St Ives, Cornwell.
In 1907, after two of his seascapes were rejected by the Royal Academy, the couple returned to the United States. Ironically, these paintings became an instant success in America. In 1929, he won the Palmer Memorial Marine Prize of the National Academy of Design.
When he returned to the United States, he lived primarily in New York City, Montclair, New Jersey, Kent, Connecticut, and Provincetown, Massachusetts. He was also a skilled architect and designed the Episcopal church of St. Mary's of the Harbor at Provincetown, Massachusetts.
He was a member of the Royal Academy, Bristol, England; Associate (1909) and Academician (1922) of the National Academy of Design; Salmagundi Club; Lotos Club; National Arts Club; fellow, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Boston Art Club; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; Washington Art Club; North Shore Art Association (1924); American Federation of Art; and more.
His work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Art, Wash., D.C.; Brooklyn Institute Museum; Terra Museum of Art; Montclair Art Museum; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Durban Art Gallery, South Africa; Dallas Art Association; Austin Art League; City Art Museum of St. Louis; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Currier Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire; the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Hyde Park, New York among others.