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Lawrence Carmichael Earle
American Artist

Spouse(s): Helen Harmon
Family tree: Lawrence Carmichael Earle (1845-1921)

Lawrence C. Earle

Lawrence C. Earle


Lawrence Carmichael Earle was born on November 11, 1845, in Manhattan, New York, the child of John Edward and Mary Melvina. He died on November 20, 1921, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the age of 76, and was buried there.





Lawrence C. Earle, internationally famed as an artist and one of the city's most distinguished citizens, died here suddenly last night, when he was stricken with apoplexy while on his way to an affair planned in his honor by friends. He was 76 years of age.

Mr. Earle fell unconscious to steps leading to the home of Frank Forsyth, 242 Jefferson ave. SE., and died unseen by passersby. At the Forsyth home, a dozen guests had assembled for a tea given in honor of the aged artist. Wondering at his delay, friends were ignorant of his death until shortly after 7 o'clock when a man passing the home knocked on the door and informed Mr. Forsyth.

Miss Jane Barker, long an acquaintance of Mr. Earle, was among the first to his side and discovered life had gone. The body was carried into the home and physicians summoned. The body was later removed to the Birdsall undertaking rooms, at Jefferson ave. and State st., SE.

Mr. Earle was born in New York City Nov. 11, 1845, and came to Grand Rapids with his father when he was 12 years of age. He returned to New York in 1866, where for several years he studied and painted, moving from there to Chicago, where he opened a studio and painted until the disastrous fire of 1871. From there he went to Europe and, after several years of study and work in Munich, Florence, Paris and other European cities, returned to America and made his home at Montclair, N. J. In 1885 he was married to Miss Helen Harmon.

In 1909, after the death of his wife, Mr. Earle returned to Grand Rapids to live and has made this city his residence since.

Mr. Earle was an honorary member of the Association of the National Academy and recognized at the heighth of his renown as the leading water color painter of America. His works are now exhibited at the New York National Academy, among the civic collection of Peoria, Ill., at the National museum at Washington, D. C., and in many private collections in many art centers of the country.

Grand Rapids is fortunate in having many of his finest works. The Peninsular club, of which he had been made an honorary life member, possesses some of his best canvasses. The portraits for which he was justly famed hang in private collections of Philo C. Fuller, Judge Wanty, Gen. B. S. Pierce, Mr. Butterworth, Mrs. Isabelle Putnam, Mrs. Edyth Mansfield, Mrs. Guy W. Rouse, Ralph Widdicomb and Mrs. Emily J. Clark.

Mr. Earle is survived by two sons, Lawrence H. Earle of New York city and John H. Earle of Redding, Pa; and two sisters, Mrs. Grace Harrison of Santiago, Calif., and Miss Kate Earle of 226 Union ave., SE., with whom he made his home. Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Earle of Fountain st., NE., were his cousins.

Private service will be held at the residence Wednesday afternoon, at a time to be announced later.

Source: Lawrence C. Earle: His Published Life, Accessed 17 Jan 2016, citing Grand Rapids Herald, Monday Morning, November 21, 1921

Another Obituary

Lawrence C. Earle Known In Prime A Leader In U.S. Circles.
By The Associated Press.

Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov 20.- Lawrence C. Earle, internationally famed as an artist, fell dead here this afternoon while on his way to attend a Sunday night dinner at the home of a friend.

Mr. Earle, who was regarded as one of the representative figures in American painting, both in watercolors and in oils, was born in New York City November 11, 1846, and came to Grand Rapids with his father in 1857.

In 1866 he went to New York to study and after a few years conducted a studio in Chicago, where he studied and painted until the Chicago fire of 1871, in which he lost everything. He then went to Europe and later established his home in Montclair, N.J., a famous colony of artists. He returned to Grand Rapids in 1909.

Mr. Earle was an honorary member of the Association of the National academy, and was recognized at the height of his renown as the leading watercolor painter of America. One of his leading mural decorations is in the Walsh bank in the Marquette building in Chicago, painted in 1891.

Source: Daily Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, Monday, November 21, 1921, p. 1.

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