Walter Tittle

Every now and again I come across a new artist that I haven't heard of before and Walter Tittle is one of these. I just love the (art history A-level training coming through here) luminosity of Walter's paintings - his wonderful use of colour and light really brings the pictures to life.
Walter was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1883 and after completing his formal art training, he came to sketch celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, as well as four US Presidents (William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt).

Tittle met with Franklin D. Roosevelt so many times that he published a book in 1948, Roosevelt As An Artist Saw Him, containing the transcripts of his conversations with the 32nd President.

Tittle died in 1966 and although he is little known today, his wonderful illustrations remain.


  1. Hi, Sandy. My wife's mother modeled for Tittle when she was young - she passed away 2 years ago at age 96 - and we'd like to find the few paintings he made of her. They aren't represented in this collection, but if you could recommend other sources of his art, your guidance would be much appreciated. Thank you. Jay and Jackie Halpern

  2. Hi Jackie, thanks for your comment. These particular illustrations come from a book called 'The First Nantucket Tea Party' but there's also another book called 'Colonial Holidays' that also contains some stunning pictures, no idea whether your mother-in-law could have been the model for any of the pictures though! I'll publish them in a future blog. For UK readers, please be aware that the copyright on these pictures doesn't expire until 2016, for US readers these images are already out of copyright. x

  3. Hi again Jay & Jackie (sorry, missed you out last time Jay!), I've just published a new post on Walter Tittle featuring the illustrations from Colonial Holidays. Unfortunately the Maths (Math to you!) doesn't work out so none of the sitters could be your wife's mother but they're lovely illustrations none the less.


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