Philip Kappel — painter, illustrator, printer, writer, and lecturer — was born on February 10, 1901 in Hartford, CT and died in 1981. Kappel is best remembered for his landscapes, portraits, figures, marine, lithography, and etching. He held a teaching position with H. B. Snell, Boothbay, ME Studios, 1923 and 1924. His addresses in 1929 were 500 Fifth Avenue in New York City and, for the summer, care of Philip Little, 10 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA; and in 1935, Sarasota, FL.
Kappel was a pupil of the Pratt Institute Art School in Brooklyn, NY and Philip Little (1857-1942) and held memberships with the North Shore Artists Association in Gloucester, MA; the Marblehead Art Association in Marblehead, MA; the Chicago Society of Etchers; the MacDowell Club in New York City; the Society of American Etchers in Brooklyn, NY; the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts in Hartford, CT; the American Federation of Arts; the Salmagundi Club in New York City; the Philadelphia Society of Etchers; the Washington Watercolor Club; the Cleveland Printmakers; and the Author’s Club of New York City.
Kappel illustrated The Last Cruise of the Shanghai (1925); The Story of Man’s Work; Lord Timothy Dexter (1925); Yankee Ballards (1930); American Etchers Series, vol. 4 (1929); and is represented in Fine Prints of the Year (1926 and 1927). Exhibitions and awards include a first prize at the Marblehead Art Association in 1925 and a prize in 1926; the Bijur Prize at the Brooklyn Society if Etchers, Brooklyn Museum in 1926; a prize at the Palm Beach Art Association in 1935; a prize at the Brooklyn Society of Etchers in 1926; the National Academy of Design from 1928 to 1946; the 1939 World’s Fair in New York; the New Haven Paint and Clay Club in CT; the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art; the Kent Art Association; and the Meriden Arts and Crafts Society.
Collections representing Kappel’s work include the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA; the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; the New York Public Library; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ; the Brooklyn Museum; the Essex Peabody Museum in Salem, MA; the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL; the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC; Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT; the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH; and the Carnegie Institute.
References: Who Was Who in American Art, vol. I, page 326; Davenport’s Art Reference 2001/2002, page 1019; Mantle Fielding,1986, pages 472-473; Mallett, page 223; Dealer’s Choice Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters… page 731; Whistler House Museum of Art files.