The “South Atlantic” in Port (on verso: Seascape Study)

by John Whorf (1903–1959)
Watercolor on paper
21⅜ x 30 inches (sight size)
Signed lower right: John Whorf

Artist Biography

Leading New England watercolorist best known for his depictions of Provincetown and Boston, Massachusetts

By Jenny Lyubomudrova

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources


I. Biography

John Whorf was a prolific American painter who achieved a successful career as a watercolorist despite the difficulties of the Great Depression. Known primarily for his depictions of Provincetown and Boston, he was greatly influenced by his early introduction to French Impressionism, as well as by the artists John Singer Sargent and Frederick Judd Waugh.

Born and raised in Winthrop, Massachusetts, Whorf began his artistic education with informal studies with his father, Harry C. Whorf, a graphic designer. Harry and Sarah (Sadie), John’s mother,

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