HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY1873-1952
Painter, portraitist, sculptor and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy was born in Morgan County, Ohio, in 1872. He studied painting at the National Academy and with William Merritt Chase at the Shinnecock Summer School of Art. Despite this background, he turned to illustrating, and it is said that Chase was so angry that he did not speak to him for three years and died before Christy achieved major success in the field. He became a leading publisher and illustrator of the “Christy girl.” During the 1920s, he painted portraits of world celebrities. He also painted several landscapes, including “Bridge near Grist Mill, Virginia,” and “Shinnecock Garden.” He exhibited at the Paris Expo, the Pan-Am Expo, and the Pennsylvania Academy. He died in 1952. His work hangs in the White House, State Department, and Post Office Building, all in Washington, DC.