John Clinton Spencer

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John Clinton Spencer (American, 1861-1919) was a traditional realist painter primarily known for his floral, fruit and dead animal still lifes, coastal and marine scenes, forest interiors, genre scenes and animals. Spencer was born on July 8, 1861 in Providence, RI. He was a pupil of Providence painter, Edward Chalmers Leavitt (American, 1842-1904) and became a very popular still life and animalist painter. He was a member of the Providence Art Club, where he exhibited in the 1880’s. He died on September 21, at the age of 58 in Providence, RI in 1919 and is buried in the North Burial Ground (AKA Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Providence #1, Providence, RI).

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