H. Franklin Waltman
(1871 - 1951)
Met Swami Vivekananda who posed for a portrait in November 1894
See excerpts from Waltman's unpublished diary...
Born in rural Ohio in 1871, Harry Franklin Waltman made his way to Washington, D.C to study at the Corcoran School of Art and later to Paris where he painted at the Académie Julian under Benjamin Constant and Jean Paul Laurens. He worked as a portrait painter in England and the United States and his sitters included John Philip Sousa and Senator Joseph Cannon. Waltman won several prestigious awards, among them the Isido Prize, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Design, the Allied Artists Association and the National Arts Club. In his later years, Waltman joined the artistic community at Dover Plains, New York where he became interested in landscape painting.
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