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Oil on Board Antique American Naive Folk Art Painting Signed W. F. Warren

william fairfield warrenCirca 1900-1920: William Fairfield Warren (March 13, 1833 – December 7, 1929) was the first president of Boston University. Educated at Wesleyan University and Andover Theological Seminary, William Warren traveled widely in Europe and studied in Germany before becoming pastor of a Methodist church in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

In 1867, Warren became Acting President of Boston Theological School, which would become the School of Theology, the founding college of Boston University. He was appointed President of Boston University in 1873 and served for thirty years. President Warren created a distinctive new university, combining the breadth of the American liberal arts college, the inclusion of professional studies typical of the British university, and the focus on original research of the German university. President Warren championed higher education for all students regardless of religion, race, or sex. During his administration, Boston University became the first university anywhere to award a doctor of philosophy degree to a woman.

This charmingly naive Massachusetts shoreline landscape depicts an idyllic summer day on the coast with horses, a fisherman, sailboats, houses, barns, trees, and a quaint country lane and showcases prominent and progressive 19th century theologian, philiospher, and university president W. F. Warren's artistic capabilitie, leaving no doubt that Warren was himself a true renaissance man. This wonderful and important piece of Boston University history would fit well in any collection of American folk art or items pertaining to Massachusetts, Boston, or Boston University itself. Note that the paper label on the back of the board reads "Academy Boards: Frost and Adams Company: Importers and dealers in Artists' Materials Mathematical Instruments Engineers' Supplies..... 37 Cornhill, Boston, Mass." and that Frost and Adams resided in this location until the early 1920s.


Dimensions: 19 3/4" w x 11 1/2" h; frame size 24" x 16"

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

Antique American Folk Art Painting Early 20th Century Boston Mass W.F. Warren

W.F. Warren Folk Art Painting
For Sale: $1250

 

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