American, 1879 - 1948
Signed James Topping, lower right.
James Topping is best known as a landscape painter. He was born in Cleator Moor, Cumberland, England in 1879 and emigrated to the United States in 1903 to attend the art Institute of Chicago. He remained in Chicago for the rest of his life. He exhibited widely at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Galleries Association and at numerous venues throughout the Midwest.