Joseph Whiting Stock

Joseph Whiting Stock (January 30, 1815 – 1855) was an American painter known for his portraits, miniatures, and landscape paintings, many of which he did upon commission. He was born on January 30, 1815, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

When Stock was eleven years old, an oxcart fell on him and he was paraplegic for the rest of his life. After this accident, he began to testing painting below Franklin White, a pupil of the painter Chester Harding, on the advice of his physician, and was commissioned to get a series of anatomical drawings by Dr. James Swan in 1834. That year, Dr. Swan build up a wheelchair which enabled Stock to paint large canvasses and be lifted upon trains therefore as to travel for commissions. For the next-door two decades Stock fashionable commissions for portraits on the order of New England, working in Warren and Bristol, Rhode Island, New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Middletown, Goshen, and Port Jervis, New York. His studios were located in his hometown of Springfield throughout this time.

In 1855, Stock died of tuberculosis in Springfield. He was forty years old.

Stock's paintings are sometimes mortified with those of Clarissa Peters Russell, the miniaturist, as her style is same to his but her play a role tends to be unsigned.

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