LIDDELL, Frank Rennsselear

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LIDDELL, Frank Rennsselear (1864-1923), from Wisconsin he settled in Los Angeles in 1883 and was a banker and self-taught artist who in his leisure, painted in oils and watercolors. He was one of the founders of the California Art Club, dedicated to plein-air landscape painting, and served as the first president in 1909. The Sanborn and Vail Gallery in Pasadena represented him in the 1890s. Liddell remained active in Los Angeles until his death on November 9, 1923.



In the News~

June 24, 1906 [LAT]: “Pictures by Liddell. The making of an artist is a most complex problem… Frank R. Liddell is a Los Angeles landscape painter who has studied in no school and under no painter, yet he is an artist to his finger-tips… Among Mr. Liddell’s beautifully painted watercolors ‘Sugar Loaf’ is the very smallest, a tiny patch of color, with a sea that heaves and with a fine gray sky. It was painted fifteen years ago… In those remote and halcyon days Santa Catalina was a place for painters, not for summer tourists… Mr. Liddell is one of the members of the Painters’ Club. He expects… making a number of sheep studies on the island of San Clemente…”