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LAWRENCE C EARLE
His Published Life

Artists of Grand Rapids

Early Grand Rapids Years

Marinus Harting

Kent Base Ball Club

When They Were Boys

Palestine Exhibition Company

Art In Chicago

Paintings By
Mr. Lawrence C. Earle

Brush & Pencil

Grand Rapids
Artists and Writers

Carter Times -
Dutch Boy Painter

Robert L. Stearns

Artist Paints Types
of Kingdom Come

Latest Portrait:
Mrs. Van Sluyters

Earle's Pictures are
Mountain Portraits

Exhibits New Work

Good Art in High
Class Movie Film

Motion Picture Classic
magazine cover 1916

Paints Portrait of
YWCA Helper

Lawrence C. Earle,
Distinguished Artist,
Dies at Friend's Door

Garfield Gives
Reminiscence of
Artist L. C. Earle

Dutch Boy Painter
Vol. XV Number 2
March 1922

Commemorative

 

 

Palestine Exhibition Company

"JERUSALEM ON THE DAY OF THE CRUCIFIXION panorama by Heine & Lohr, William Wehner studio, Milwaukee

Lawrence Earle was associated with the Palestine Exhibition Company and also served as a Director of the company beginning June 1887. The certificate below was signed by L. C. Earle in 1888 and represented 5 shares at $100.00 each.

Earle was specifically associated with the panorama named Jerusalem on the Day of the Crucifixion, 1887 [based upon the Munich original by Piglhein, Frosch & Krieger] - by Heine & Lohr, Milwaukee/William Wehner, No. 425 La Salle Av., Chicago, Ill.

What follows is provided by Gene Meier genemeier@frontier.com.

I am writing the first book from the American point of view about 19th century rotunda panoramas. These were the biggest paintings in the world, 50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which were 16-sided polygons. Chicago in 1893 had 6 panorama companies and 6 panorama rotundas.

Gene has a set of corporation papers for the Palestine Exhibition Company. One page dated May 25, 1887 documents L. C. Earle as having  purchased 1 share @ $100. Another page dated June 8, 1887 documents L. C. Earle as a Director for one year.

Attached are two images that were found several years ago in a cache of some 150 glass plate negatives in a basement behind a furnace in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The photos were made by panorama artist Bernard Schneider (1843-1907) by Ms Christine La Joice. She took the glass plates to a photographer who cleaned them up with FOTOSHOP. Then she went to Museum of Wisconsin Art to identify the images. MWA would host "The Path of Discovery: The Christine LaJoice Collection of Bernhard Schneider Photographs January 9-March 30, 2007" I attended the opening, walked up to the two attached photos and recognized my great aunt, Mathilde Georgine Schley (1864-1941), the girl on the left in both images. The young people are dressed as gypsies and posed in tableau vivant, lending their human scale to the panorama JERUSALEM ON THE DAY OF THE CRUCIFIXION, one of four units made in the studio of William Wehner (1847-1928), who ran his studio from September 1885 through September 1888, then removed to California to jump-start the white wine industry.

MEANWHILE, I am writing the first book from the American point of view about 19th century rotundas, the biggest paintings in the world, 50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which were 16-sided polygons.

Oil by Alison Skinner Clark, recorded in THE ANNUAL EXHIBITION RECORD OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 1888-1950 by Peter Hastings Falk, 1916,#72 "The Panorama"


Brief Biography: Gene Meier is a museum field historian, and biographer of his great aunt, Mathilde Georgine Schley (1864-1941), an artist/model at William Wehner’s panorama studio in downtown Milwaukee.

*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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