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Walkley, David B.

David Birdsey Walkley (1849-1934) was born in Rock Creek, Ohio, but as a painter is closely associated with Connecticut. From 1867 to 1871 he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and briefly had a studio in Philadelphia. In the early 1870s he moved to Cleveland, where he remained for six years. In 1878 Walkley went to Paris to study at the Academie Mosler and the Academie Julian with Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. Upon his return to the United States he taught at the Pittsburgh School of Design from 1879 to 1884. In 1884 he married his student May Remington and settled in New York, continuing to study at the Art Students' League with William Merritt Chase. In the late 1880s Walkley himself became a teacher at the Art Students' League. At the turn of the century, however, he was looking for a new place in which to paint and raise his family. He spent brief periods in Port Chester, New York, and Cos Cob and Falls Village, Connecticut before settling in New London. In 1902 he moved to Mystic, joining Henry Ward Ranger, J. Eliot Enneking, and Charles Davis. He helped found the Mystic Art Association, and painted in Stonington, Noank, and Mason's Island. By 1926 Walkley had returned to Rock Creek, Ohio, where he died in 1934.

Title: A Fireside Smoke
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 12" x 16"

Title: A Simple Meal
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 20" x 24"

Title: A Village Dock
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 26" x 20"

Title: A Woodland Reverie
Medium: oil on linen, signed lower right, 22" x 26"

Title: Apple Trees
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 18" x 27"

Title: Catalina Mountains, Arizona
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 38" x 36"

Title: Child in a highchair
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 17" x 13"

Title: Dutch windmill
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 16" x 12"

Title: Falls Village, Connecticut
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 25" x 36"

Title: Farm along the towpath
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 13" x 18"

Title: Farmhouse in Wales
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 18" x 22"

Title: Figures in the forest
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 13" x 17"

Title: Haystack
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 13" x 17"

Title: Kitchen chores
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 16" x 20"

Title: Landscape with figure in boat
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 20" x 26"

Title: Landscape with orange house
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 17" x 13"

Title: Man with a moustache
Medium: oil on canvas, 15" x 10 3/4"

Title: Man with a pipe
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 14" x 18"

Title: Mystic, Connecticut
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 30" x 24"

Title: Portrait of a girl with a cap
Medium: oil on canvas, unsigned, 16" x 12"

Title: Prometheus Bound
Medium: oil on canvas, unsigned, 13" x 16"

Title: Samson at the millwheel
Medium: oil on canvas, unsigned, 12 1/2" x 16"

Title: Seated woman reading
Medium: oil on canvas, unsigned, 17" x 13"

Title: The Hayshed
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 14" x 18"

Title: The Water Pump
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 26" x 20"

Title: Trees and rocks
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 21" x 18"

Title: Two beached boats
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 13" x 17"

Title: Two young trees
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 17" x 13"