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THADDEUS WELCH

(1844-1919)

LANDSCAPE PAINTER

By Danielle Peltakian

On July 14, 1844, Thaddeus Welch was born in La Porte, IN. As a teenager, Welch settled with his family in Portland, OR. In 1866, he moved to California, eventually settling in San Francisco. While working as a typesetter, Welch studied art under painter Virgil Williams and J.W. Ogilvy. Through a friendship with a wealthy patroness, he traveled abroad to Europe for four years, studying in Munich and Paris. In 1881, he returned to the United States and married Ludmilla Pilat in 1883. Over the next decade, Welch traveled to Philadelphia, Chicago, Australia and New York City. In 1905, the Welchs eventually moved to Santa Barbara, CA. On December 19, 1919, Thaddeus Welch passed away at the age of 75.




Exhibitions

  • 1876 Munich Academy
  • 1880, 1881 Paris Salon
  • 1882 Boston Art Club
  • Collections

  • California Historical Society
  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor
  • Frye Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Oakland Museum of Art
  • San Diego Artists Guild
  • Memberships

  • Bohemian Club
  • San Francisco Art Association
  • Awards

  • 1876 Bronze Medal, Munich Academy
  • Bibliography

    1. 1. Falk, Peter Hastings ed., Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Vol. I, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999, p. 3509.
    2. 2. Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Third ed.,Vol. I, Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2002, p. 1175.
    3. Updated 5/4/07.