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S. J. Woolf
Twentieth Century Lithographer
American, (1880–1948)
Painter, lithographer, illustrator Samuel Johnson Woolf, 1880 - 1948, was born in New York City. He studied with kenyon cox and George de Forest Bruch at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design, both in New York City. Woolf was a frontline artist-correspondent for the Time Magazine in Europe with the American Army during World War One, painting portraits of General John C. Pershing, commanding general of the U.S. forces, and General Joffre, of the French.

Woolf was employed at the New York Times before going to time. From 1924-1935, Woolf produced two hundred charchal portraits for Time, including those of Charles Lindergh, Walter P. Chrysler, John L. Lewis (United Mine Workers President) and Pope Pius XI. Woolf ecected a pencil portrait of President Calvin Coolige, in 1923, and a lithographic portait of President Franklin Delano Rossevelt during World War Two.

In 1906, Woolf painted a portait of Mark Twain, then seventy years old. The artist's Desciption of his experience of the famous author may be found on the internet at Upon completion, the portait was exhibied at the Society of American Artsts, but Twain didn't like it. The painting is now in the collection of the Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecicut. It was essentially forgotten until Mrs. Stiles Burpee conducted a search for it, based on finding a color lithograph of the portrait in her attic. Well - known art collector Thomas B. Clarke had purchased it for the collection of the Brook Club.

Woolf exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Academy of Design, and New York Public Libary, all in New York; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaina; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and the Corcoran Gallery, Washinton D.C.

Woolf's awards include the St. Louis Exposition, 1904; Hallgarten Prize, Nationnal Academy of Desing, 1904; Appalachian Exposition, 1910; and the Paris Salon Medel, France, 1937.


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