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.

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

    Signed Whitehill lower right.

    #6644
  • 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
  • Epoche Passat Condenzione, 1961
    Oil on canvas
    31 1/2 x 40 inches

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

    #14324
  • Wine Dark Sea, ca. 1962
    Oil on canvas
    39 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches

    Signed Whitehill, lower right; Signed and titled on reverse

    #14323
  • Movimenti Temporaleschi, 1959
    Oil on canvas
    37 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Whitehill ‘59, lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #6643
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Oil on canvas
    29 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches

    Signed Whitehill, lower right.

    #6649
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 24 inches

    Signed Whitehill lower right; dated on reverse.

    #6640
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    13 x 16 1/2 inches
    #6692
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1959
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Whitehill '59, lower right.

    #6658
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Gouache on paper
    17 x 13 inches

    Signed Whitehill and dated, lower right.

    #6706
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1958
    Gouache on paper
    12 3/4 x 16 inches

    Signed Whitehill and dated, lower right.

    #6711
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches

    Signed Whitehill, lower right.

    #6716
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    6 x 7 1/4 inches
    #6747
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1959
    Gouache on paper
    11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches

    Dated 11/7/59, lower right

    #6741
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache and ink on paper
    10 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches
    #6659
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    13 1/2 x 9 inches
    #6679
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1958
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches

    Signed Whitehill and dated lower right.

    #6666
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    12 x 20 inches
    #6707
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960s
    Gouache on paper
    13 x 15 3/4 inches
    #6683
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 inches
    #6705
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1962
    Gouache on paper
    14 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

    Dated 1962 lower right.

    #6713
  • Untitled (Venice, The Rialto Bridge), ca. 1959
    Gouache on paper
    20 x 15 inches
    #13690
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    11 x 19 inches
    #6709
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    13 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
    #6739
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Gouache on paper
    3 1/2 x 11 inches
    #6733
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    17 x 11 inches
    #6695
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    11 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches
    #6698
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    15 1/4 x 12 inches
    #6694
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 inches
    #6696
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

    Dated lower right, 18-7-60.

    #6761
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    7 1/2 x 6 inches

    Dated lower right, 18-7-60

    #6762
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    9 x 6 3/4 inches

    Dated lower right, 19-7.

    #6763
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    8 x 6 1/2 inches
    #6764
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    17 x 12 1/4 inches
    #6702
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1960
    Ink on paper
    14 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Whitehill ‘60 lower right.

    #6714
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1960
    Ink on paper
    13 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

    Dated 1959 lower right.

    #6735
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1963
    Ink on paper
    9 1/2 x 7 inches

    Dated lower right, 19-7-63.

    #6750
  • Untitled (Italian Cafe/Street Scene), ca. 1959
    Ink on paper
    9 1/8 x 27 inches
    #13676
  • Untitled (Italian Street Scene), ca. 1959
    Ink on paper
    5 x 11 inches
    #13675

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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