Ruth F Nutting

Birth Date: 
1860
Birth Place: 
Randolph, VT, USA
Residences/Studios: 
Ironton, WI
Wheaton, IL
Chicago, IL
Active In: 
Chicago, IL
Wheaton, IL
Medium: 
Painting
Subject: 
Portrait
Exhibitions: 
Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings & Sculpture by American Artists, AIC, 1897
Other Occupations: 
Art & English teacher for family of the Regent of Bavaria
Biography: 
From the Wheaton College Archives:

Historical Note: Ruth Frances Nutting - Ruth was born July 16, 1860 in Vermont to Sarah and Rufus Nutting. She began taking drawing courses at a young age through Wheaton College. She also studied in Munich and exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1890s. Bowker's 1900 American Art Directory (vol. 3) states that she was a pupil of Georgios Jakobides in Munich (p. 51). The Nutting Genealogy says she was a portrait artist who studied and taught art and English to the family of the Regent of Bavaria. While so employed she met many of the royal personages of Europe including the king and queen of Portugal, the ex-emperor Don Pedro, and the emperor and empress of Austria, the latter being afterward assassinated. Upon returning to the United States she operated a studio in Wheaton, Illinois and in Chicago during the winter. In 1897 she lived at 420 Seminary Avenue in Wheaton. Sources: Nutting, John Keep. Nutting genealogy: A record of some of the descendants of John Nutting, of Groton, Mass. C. W. Bardeen, 1908. http://archon.wheaton.edu/?p=creators/creator&id=193

Historical Note: Sarah Hubbard Nutting - Born in 1822 in Massachusetts, Nutting was the daughter of Joseph Danforth and Lucinda Keep Nutting. As a young woman Sarah Hubbard Nutting injured herself by over lifting and became for years an invalid with small hope of active life. While confined to a reclining position she taught herself drawing in which she soon excelled. Partially recovering in 1845 she married Rufus (6/14/1820-5/18/1876), son of Mary Barrett Hubbard (4/28/1786-9/6/1847) and William Nutting, Jr., Esq. (1779-1863) of Randolph Center, Vermont. For some years she had been teaching drawing in the Academy at Randolph. She had also became proficient in oil painting. At Wheaton she soon became Principal of the Art Department a position she held until she was eighty though often tendering her resignation before that. Her Department supplied Art teachers for many schools in the surrounding region and set a high standard of excellence. At eighty she moved to Benzonia, Michigan, near her son Wallace, where she has since superintended a forty acre farm besides some art teaching and other activities unusual for one of her years. She also spent time in Randolph, Vt. and Wheaton, Illinois. Sources: Nutting, John Keep. Nutting genealogy: A record of some of the descendants of John Nutting, of Groton, Mass. C. W. Bardeen, 1908. http://archon.wheaton.edu/?p=creators/creator&id=190