Clayton Whitehill

American, 1898 - 1963


Clayton Whitehill was an Abstract Expressionist painter who was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1898. Whitehill served in WWI and graduated from Columbia University in 1921. He was a Professor of Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum School and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, PA, among others. In 1947, Whitehill wrote a notable book on typography titled “The Moods of Type”, which is still in print today. In the late 1950s, Whitehill and his wife moved to Perugia, Italy, where his artwork became greatly inspired by the Italian culture and landscape. While in Italy, He exhibited with Galleria Schneider in Rome. Whitehill died in Perugia in 1963.

  • Whitehill 6639

    Effluvio Rosso, 1961
    Oil on canvas
    39 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Whitehill ‘61 lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #6639
  • Whitehill 6642

    Il Teatro, ca. 1959
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 24 inches

    Signed Whitehill lower right; titled on reverse.

    #6642
  • Whitehill 6647

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1950s
    Oil on canvas
    25 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
    #6647
  • Whitehill 8227

    Italian Nights, ca. 1955
    Oil on canvas
    26 x 37 inches

    Signed Whitehill and titled on reverse.

    #8227
  • Whitehill 6648

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1959
    Oil on canvas
    31 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches

    Signed Whitehill lower right.

    #6648
  • Whitehill 6644

    Untitled, ca. 1959
    Oil on canvas
    33 x 29 3/4 inches

    Signed Whitehill lower right.

    #6644
  • Whitehill 6649

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Oil on canvas
    29 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches

    Signed Whitehill lower right.

    #6649
  • Whitehill 6646

    Silencio Bianco, ca. 1959
    Oil on canvas
    27 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches

    Signed Whitehill lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #6646
  • Whitehill 6640

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 24 inches

    Signed Whitehill lower right; dated on reverse.

    #6640
  • Whitehill 6679 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    13 1/2 x 9 inches
    #6679
  • Whitehill 6692 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    13 x 16 1/2 inches
    #6692
  • Whitehill 6661 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1958-1959
    Gouache on paper
    14 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches

    Signed Whitehill and dated lower right.

    #6661
  • Whitehill 6711 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1958
    Gouache on paper
    12 3/4 x 16 inches

    Signed Whitehill and dated lower right.

    #6711
  • Whitehill 6680 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    14 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
    #6680
  • Whitehill 6695

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    17 x 11 inches
    #6695
  • Whitehill 6659

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache and ink on paper
    10 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
    #6659
  • Whitehill 6658 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1959
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Whitehill '59 lower right.

    #6658
  • Whitehill 6705 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    16 x 12 1/2 inches
    #6705
  • Whitehill 6713 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1962
    Gouache on paper
    14 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

    Dated 1962 lower right.

    #6713
  • Whitehill 6682

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    15 x 19 inches

    Signed Whitehill and dated lower right.

    #6682
  • Whitehill 6698

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    11 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches
    #6698
  • Whitehill 6694

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    15 1/4 x 12 inches
    #6694
  • Whitehill 6696

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 inches
    #6696
  • Whitehill 6761

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

    Dated lower right, 18-7-60.

    #6761
  • Whitehill 6762

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    7 1/2 x 6 inches

    Dated lower right, 18-7-60

    #6762
  • Whitehill 6763

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    9 x 6 3/4 inches

    Dated lower right, 19-7.

    #6763
  • Whitehill 6764

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    8 x 6 1/2 inches
    #6764
  • Whitehill 6765

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    7 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches

    Dated lower right, 12-6-60.

    #6765
  • Whitehill 6759

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1962
    Ink on paper
    8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches

    Dated lower right, 7-10-62.

    #6759
  • Whitehill 6752

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1963
    Ink on paper
    9 1/2 x 12 inches

    Dated lower right, 22-2-63.

    #6752
  • Whitehill 6702

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    17 x 12 1/4 inches
    #6702
  • Whitehill 6714

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    14 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Whitehill ‘60 lower right.

    #6714
  • Whitehill 6735

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    13 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

    Dated 1959 lower right.

    #6735
  • Whitehill 6750

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1963
    Ink on paper
    9 1/2 x 7 inches

    Dated lower right, 19-7-63.

    #6750

Clayton Whitehill was an Abstract Expressionist painter who was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1898. Whitehill served in WWI and graduated from Columbia University in 1921. He was a Professor of Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Museum School and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, PA, among others. In 1947, Whitehill wrote a notable book on typography titled “The Moods of Type”, which is still in print today. In the late 1950s, Whitehill and his wife moved to Perugia, Italy, where his artwork became greatly inspired by the Italian culture and landscape. While in Italy, He exhibited with Galleria Schneider in Rome. Whitehill died in Perugia in 1963.

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