Library hosting art of Wm. Greaves
September 29, 2010
The Warren Public Library will again host an exhibit of the works of 19th Century local artist William Abraham Greaves Oct.1-Nov.13 in the Wetmore Gallery. Exhibited works are courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society, the Fenton History Center in Jamestown, NY, the Warren County Court House, the Warren State Hospital, the Conewango Club and the Joseph and Kay Lytle Estate and others This second public showing of a Greaves’ collection includes an assembly of works many of which have not been seen in over a century.
Mr. Greaves resided in Warren from 1873 until his death in 1900. He was a recognized talent by the age of fourteen, having studied with well-known artist Thomas LeClear and at the Cooper Institute in New York City. The breadth of his skill included portraiture, landscape, etching, pastel/crayon, watercolor, charcoal, photography and frame construction. Examples of most medium are included in the exhibit. It is known that he painted over 1000 portraits during his short lifetime including such notables as Gov. James A. Beaver of Pennsylvania, Gov. Reuben E. Fenton of New York and past speakers of the U. S. House of Representatives, Samuel Randall and Galusha A. Grow, now on display in the Speaker’s Lobby of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The artist’s work was celebrated locally, regionally and nationally. While headquartered in Warren, he is known to have fulfilled commissioned works in such distant locations as Albany, Utica and Oneida, New York, and Cincinnati, Louisville, Kansas City, Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.
Some of the pieces being exhibited have emerged as a result of the library’s initial “Good Company” exhibit in 2006. It is hoped that this showing will lead to the discovery of additional works including the long lost portrait of Rockwell “Tay” Wilcox, mountain man and hermit of Yankee Bush. The original photographic workup for the Wilcox painting and a large replica of it will be featured in the exhibit.
The Wetmore Gallery is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday throughThursday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.