Walter Elmer Schofield
New Hope Artist Colony
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Walter Elmer Schofield was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1867 to Benjamin Schofield and the British born Mary Wollstonecraft Schofield.
After attending Central High School, he enrolled at Swarthmore College
with frequent trips to the American southwest, particularly to San Antonio, TX
where he produced drawings of the American western life. Schofield later
left Swarthmore College continuing his work as an artist and attending the
the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadephia, PA.
Training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadephia, PA from 1889 to 1892, Schofield
most likely studied with Thomas Anshutz, the famous student of Thomas Eakins. Schofield became associated with the circle of the American realists of the period including
artists such as Edward Redfield, Everett Shinn, Robert Henri, George Luks,
and others. Additionally, Schofield attended the weekly meetings of the
Robert Henri studio as well as studied abroad.
Schofield studied art at the Academie Julian in Paris and later, after marrying his British born wife Muriel Redmayne, settled in the artist colony of St. Ives, Cornwall, England. This art colony was known for following the tradition of
plein air landscape painting.
Schofield also produced American landscape paintings in and around the area of New Hope,
PA as he was acquainted with the members of the New Hope artist colony near New Hope, PA. His most well known American landscape paintings are those which were produced in the region of the Delaware River and Canal from circa 1925 to 1940. His most well known English landscape paintings were produced from about 1901 to 1944.
Many of Walter Schofield's works are NOT signed and must be
authenticated by an expert art historian. Most of the general public
incorrectly believes the myth that most artists signed their works.
With signed and originally unsigned works, many painting have suspect or
forged signatures. Provenance is also a key factor.
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