Freeman Woodcock Thorp

Freeman Woodcock Thorp

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 20 Oct 1922 (aged 78)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Lake Hubert, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 93457774 · View Source
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1844-1922). Portrait painter and photographer, born in Geneva (Ashtabula), June 16, 1844, a son of Dennis Thorp, the first mayor of Geneva. After serving during the Civil War in the Second Ohio Calvary, He learned photography in the studio of RUBY M. THORP, his older sister, and taught himself to paint portraits with the help of artist's manuals and considerable experimentation. He opened a studio in Bucyrus (Crawford) in 1869 or 1870, and was elected from there to the vice-presidency of the National Photographer's Association in 1871. The following year, a portrait studio was built for his use on the roof of the Senate Wing of the Capitol Building in Washington D. C. – possibly at the instigation of his friend, Congressman James A. Garfield. Throughout the 1870s Thorp spent a portion of each year in Washington, recording the features of prominent political and military men. Meanwhile, he maintained his personal and political ties at home, and in 1878 was sent by the voters of Ashtabula County to the Ohio Legislature, where he served until 1885. Thereafter, he remained in Geneva year-round, perfecting a much-admired talent for making portraits of the recently and not-so-recently deceased. According to an April 28, 1886, account in the Geneva Times, "His method seems to be to take all the pictures of the deceased from childhood up , and then in the presence of the family and friends to paint them from his memory and the old pictures, producing in that way portraits that are surprisingly good." During the early 1890s, Thorp and his son, CLARK L THORP, had a studio in Findlay (Hancock), but in 1895 they moved to Hubert, Minnesota, where his wife, Orlena Eggleston Thorp, had relatives. In 1902 he was commissioned by the Montana Historical Library to paint nearly forty portraits of early Montana governors, jurists, bankers, industrialists, and other pioneer figures. He completed the work in 1908 and spent most of his remaining years in Hubert. He died in Brainerd, Minnesota, October 20, 1922.
References:
Findlay dir. 1891, 1892; Ashtabula Co. census 1860 (#933); Crawford Co. census 1870 (#1186); Ashtabula Co. hist. 1878, 119; Geneva Times, June 22, 1871, Jan. 3, 1878, Apr. 21, 28, Sept. 15, 1886, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jan. 6, 1885, Oct. 26, 1892, Mar, 25, 1920; New York Times, Oct. 21, 1922 (obit.); Geneva Free Press, Oct. 31, 1922 (obit.); Thieme and Becker; Hollingsworth 1910; Fairman 1927, 285; Garfield 1967, 2:19, 244, 349-50, 395; Garfield 1981, 4:87, 125, 203, 343; United States Congress 1976, 13, 43, 59, 91, 105 (illus.); Johnson 1990, 633, citing F Thorp, "Buckeye Correspondence from the Backwoods," Photographic World1 (June 1871); 173-75; Information courtesy Louise Legeza, Geneva Pub. Lib., and Elizabeth G. Hitchcock, Mentor, Ohio.


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  • Added: 11 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93457774
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Freeman Woodcock Thorp (16 Jun 1844–20 Oct 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93457774, citing Thorp-Heald Cemetery, Lake Hubert, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Super Scout (contributor 47247127) .