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Philip Little


1857 - 1942

Philip Little was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts on September 6, 1857, the son of James Lovell and Julia Agusta Cook. He attended M.I.T., intending to go into business until contracting typhoid fever (1875-1876).  From 1877-1880, he attended Lowell School of Design at the Institute of Technology and worked in the lithography department of Forbes Lithograph Company of Boston.  From 1881-1882, he and Frank W. Benson were students at Boston’s Museum School and the following year he exhibited for the first time at the Boston Art Club (April-May) and married Lucretia Shephard Jackson.  He later married Caroline King on his 82nd birthday (1938).


Little actively exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe and he maintained close ties to all the members of the Boston school of painting.  His light-filled landscapes and scenes of New England harbors and wharves, Green Island (Sheepscot River), Maine storms and boating parties, trout streams and lobster fishermen are close in style to that of his life-long friend, Frank W. Benson.  Art critic A. J. Philpott called Little “one of the best landscape painters in America” (Boston Globe, 1919).


Solo Exhibitions:  Little at Rowlands Galleries, Boston (1909); R. I School of Design, (1909); Public Library of Ithaca, (1909); Worcester Art Museum, (1909); City Art Museum of St. Louis, (1910, 1913); Society of Fine Art, Minneapolis, (1910); Copley Society, (1910); Colorado Springs Art Society, (1913); Portland Maine Society of Art, (1914); Sweat Memorial Art Museum, (1914); Mussman Galleries, NYC, (1920, 1928); Guild of Boston Artist (watercolors, 1924); Minneapolis Institute of Art (Memorial Exhibition, 1924); Arvest Gallery Boston, (1976-1977) and more.


Memberships:  American Federation of Arts; Essex Institute (Curator of Art); Lowell Art Association; Union Club (Boston); Masonic Order, Starr King Lodge; Artist Guild (Chicago); Guild of Boston Artists (founding member); Copley Society; National Arts Club; Portland AA (Maine); Chicago Society of Etchers; Boston Society of Etchers; Brooklyn Society of Etchers; Boston Society of Watercolor Painters.


Awards: Silver medal at the Panama-Pacific Expo., San Francisco (1915); California Society of Etchers (1935).


Public Collections:  Salem Shawmut Bank; Salem Savings Bank; Salem Hospital; Salem Public Library; Salem Y.M.C.A.; MFA, Boston; Bibliotheque National, Paris; Congressional Library; NY Public Library; Carnegie Institute; PAFA; Minneapolis Art Institute; Minneapolis Society of F.A.; Walker Memorial Gallery, Bowdoin College; Colby College; Philadelphia Art Museum; R.I.S.D; Coast Guard, Carnegie Institute; Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; City Art Museum, St. Louis.


Little died in Salem on March 31, 1942.


Philip Little


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