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Lawrence C. Earle,
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Artist L. C. Earle

Dutch Boy Painter
Vol. XV Number 2
March 1922





The smoke from the Grand Rapids furniture factories has drifted so far about the world that it has perhaps obscured the fact that Grand Rapids produces other things besides furniture. But the city has it esthetic as well as its commercial side and has produced some of the best known artists in America.

Among the older artists who have made national and international reputation are Will Howe,  Fred S. Church and Lawrence C. Earle. Among the younger artists who are already well known are Will Howe Foote, Glenn Newell, Gilbert White, Thomas Mitchell Peirce, Raymond Crosby, Gerrit A. Beneker, and F. de Forrest Schook. Grand Rapids also claims Miss Eulabee Dix, the miniature artist, whose work is well known both in America and England.


Larry Earle Also Wins Fame.

Larry Earle came here in the 50's when a child from New York. He and Fred Church were boys together in Grand Rapids and they shared their dreams of one day becoming great artists. They went to Chicago together and later to New York where each carried on his work in his own especial way. Laurence Carmichael Earle is now one of the well known of the American artists. He is especially noted for his excellent studies of character types. Among these are the old flute player and the old violin player. He has also made some notable studies of the fisher folk types. A number of Mr. Earle's pictures are owned by residents of this city. One of Mr. Earle's most important commissions was for the mural paintings in the Chicago National bank. These paintings consist of sixteen lunettes, eight by sixteen feet each in dimension. they represent sixteen different periods in the history of Chicago. Mr. Earle won the commendation of the president of the Chicago Art institute and of the critics. These pictures rank among the finest mural decoration in Chicago. Mr. Earle's two sisters, Miss Kate and Miss Emily Earle, reside in this city.

Excerpts from a special edition of the Grand Rapids Press, January 1, 1907. Also profiled are William H. Howe, Fred S. Church, Will Howe Foote, Miss Eulabee Dix, Thomas Mitchell Peirce and others.


*Thanks to Dr. J. Gray Sweeney for permission to use material from
Artists of Grand Rapids 1840-1980, J. Gray Sweeney; Grand Rapids, 1981:
The Grand Rapids Art Museum, The Grand Rapids Public Museum

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