FERDINAND GRAHAM WALKER (American, 1859 - 1927)

Ferdinand Graham Walker was born in Mitchell, Indiana, in 1859. He left the states to attend art school in Paris at the Academie Colarossi and studied with Dagnan-Bouvert, Puvis de Chavannes, Blanche and Merson. Upon his return to Washington D.C. Walker began painting portraits of congressman and senators. It was not until the 1890s that he settled in Louisville, Kentucky where he set up a studio. He retired from painting as a career in 1925 and died in New Albany, Indiana, in 1927. It was the subtle style of painting that Walker learned from his European teachers in his early years that made an impression on him and helped to distinguish his work from those around him.

Kentucky State Historical Society Collection (portraits) 
University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington 
Berea College
Agricultural College, Michigan 
Lincoln Institute, Simpsonville, Kentucky 
Kentucky State Collection, Kentucky Old Capitol Museum, Frankfort, Kentucky 
State House, Indianapolis 
Jefferson Davis Memorial, Fairview, Kentucky 
Public Libraries, Louisville, Lexington, Kentucky 
Public Gallery, New Albany, Indiana 
Evansville College 
Greenbrier College 
Courier Journal Building, (portrait of Henry Waterson), Louisville, Kentucky
University of Louisville
St. Peters Church, Louisville (murals)
The Filson Historical Society, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
Boone Tavern, (two portraits), Berea, Kentucky

Society of Independent Artists, 1922, 1924
Hoosier Salon, 1926

Society of Independent Artists
Chicago Arts & Crafts
Louisville Artists Association (president)
Chicago Artists Guild
Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists
Southern States Art League
Hoosier Salon
Society of American Artists in Europe
American Art Association of Paris

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