Thomas B. Craig (1849-1924)

Thomas B. Craig (1849-1924)

A skilled watercolorist and oil painter, Thomas Bigelow Craig developed a strong reputation for his quaint depictions of country villages, languid cows and grazing sheep. He was born in Philadelphia in 1849, and was largely a self-taught painter, although he likely took courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  By 1876, he was exhibiting his paintings professionally and showed regularly at the Boston Art Club, the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. At the age of 50, he became an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design and moved to the active fine arts community of New York City just two years later.  In addition to his membership at the National Academy, Craig also joined the Salmagundi Club in 1902 and held membership to the Artists Fund Society. 

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Craig ultimately settled in Rutherford, New Jersey, but occupied a summer studio near Phoenicia, New York, in the midst of the scenic Catskills. Records also show that the artist made at least one trip across the country on a painting excursion to California. Today, Craig’s pastoral landscapes can be found in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Los Angeles County Museum, among others.

References:  See Who Was Who In American Art; BAC, NAD, PAFA records.  

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