American, New York, 1874-1929




Oil on canvas

Possible inscription or monogram l.l. corner

 Inscribed "Estate of E. Kent K. Wetherill" verso

Housed in a custom carved American Impressionist white gold frame



Whistler House Museum of Art; Everson Museum Of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts;

Philadelphia Sketch Club; Art Club Philadelphia; Luxembourg Museum, Paris


Books 17:

including Light, Air, and Color:

American Impressionist Paintings from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Danly;

Art What Thou Eat, Images of Food in American Art;

Gustafson; The History and Ideals of American Art, Neuhaus


This work by Philadelphia and New York painter Elisha Kent Kane Wetherill depicts a simple

but whimsical scene of laundry lines stretched above green grasses

that doubtless no longer exist in this New York back lot.  

The vibrancy of the clothes-pinned vermillion shirt stands out with both dimensional brushwork

andcolor in this luminous but quiet genre painting of a city setting

at the beginning of the 20th century.


Wetherill studied with Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

in the late 1890s and from 1906-09, with J.P. Laurens at the Académie Julian in Paris, 1902,

and with James Abbot McNeill Whistler, also in Paris.

He specialized in views of New York, including figural work as well as landscapes and seascapes. 

He was a member of the National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America,

Brooklyn Society of Etchers, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. 

In 1915, Wetherill received a gold medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

and in 1926 won a silver medal at the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. 

He also exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the National Academy of Design in 1925.



Image Size : 13” x 14”






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"Self-Portrait", Elisha Kent Kane Wetherill, published 1900-1929
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.



Elisha Kent Kane WETHERILL (1874-1929)


Birth place : Philadelphia, PA

Death place : Aberdeen, SC

Addresses : Philadelphia PA; NYC / Phoenicia, NY

Profession : Painter in oil and watercolor, etcher


Studied : University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art with Anshutz, late 1890s & 1906-09;

Académie Julian, Paris with J.P. Laurens, 1902; also with Whistler in Paris.


Exhibited : Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual, 1906-10, 1921-27; Corcoran Gallery biennials,

1907-26 (6 times); Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915

Sesqui-Centenniel Expo, Philadelphia, 1926 (medal);

Salons of America; Art Institute of Chicago.


Member : Associate National Academy, 1927; Sketch Club; Salmagundi Club; 

Allied Artists of America; Brooklyn Society of Etchers


Work : Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Art Club Philadelphia; Luxembourg Museum, Paris


Comments : Specialized in seascapes, views of New York, and figural works.

His death was the result of injuries received in World War I.


Sources : WW27; Danly, Light, Air, and Color, 89; Falk, Exhibition Record Series.


This biography is drawn from the 'Who Was Who in American Art',

the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.


Museums :


Whistler House Museum of Art

Everson Museum Of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Sketch Club 

Art Club Philadelphia 

Luxembourg Museum, Paris




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Elisha Kent Kane Wetherill, Back Lot with Laundry Lines, Oil / Canvas 


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