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Bess Whitridge

female 1869-1954
Life city:
Richmond, IN
Work city:
Richmond, IN
Styles:
Flowers
Miniatures
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Bess Whitridge was born in Richmond Indiana in 1869 to Mary and John Whitridge. She was something of an odd fixture in the Richmond art community—her artistic output consisting almost exclusively of 6″ × 6″ painted tiles.

Her interest in this chosen medium was inspired and nurtured by her friends Jeanne Westcott Wilke and Fredrick Wilke, who operated a china kiln manufacturing business in Richmond. The Wilkes even opened a Richmond art school dedicated to the craft of china painting.

After traveling abroad to study figure, floral, and porcelain painting around Europe, Whitridge returned to Richmond to resume painting and teaching miniature and china painting out of her home.

Whitridge became a member (and later president) of the Richmond Palette Club, and a regular exhibitor with the Richmond Art Association.

Her tile output is dominated by examples of floral still life, as is tradition with porcelain painting, but she also produced figurative examples.

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