The Frank W. Stokes artwork collection, which dates from circa 1893-1902, is comprised of 3 oil paintings of Inuit subjects, 8 small studies in oil of Arctic and Antarctic scenery, and 12 charcoal/pencil/crayon portraits of Polar Eskimos in Northern Greenland.
Biographical / Historical:
Frank Wilbert Stokes (1858-1955) was an American artist best known for his paintings of the polar regions. Stokes began his studies under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, followed by five years in France as a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Art, the Academie Colarossi and Academie Julian. He accompanied the Peary Relief Expedition to Greenland in 1892 and returned a year later as part of the North Greenland Expedition of 1893-1894. In 1902 he joined the Swedish Antarctic Expedition under Otto Nordenskjöld.