JOE HARRY WHEATER
Born in Bradford, England,
Joe Wheater came to America with his parents at
a young age, initially settling in Cambridge, MA.
A few years later, the family moved to the City
Point section of South Boston, MA near the water
and yacht clubs.
In May, 1904, at age 19, he sailed alone to England
from Boston on the S.S. Saxonia staying in Bradford,
England with aunts, uncles and cousins for about
3 months. During his extended visit, he painted
and drew scenes of Bradford and neighboring towns.
He returned in September with over 120 sketches
and watercolors as well as many snapshots.
As a young man, he worked designing steam boat whistles.
In his early 20's, Joe Wheater enrolled at The Fenway
School of Illustration. He later studied under Henry
W. Rice, who was a well known Boston water colorist.
Rice had a studio in the Fenway area of Boston.
In or about 1915-1916, Joe Wheater became a reference
artist for a motion picture company in New Jersey.
He stayed at an artist colony in Leonia, N.J., with
artists who became quite famous, notably Dean Cornell,
Charles Defeo Harry Ballinger and many others.
While working in NJ, he took a few night courses
at the Art Students League in New York City. Joe
Wheater returned to South Boston when his father
died. He lived with his mother and never married.
His mother passed away about 1935 or 1936. Wheater
lived at that address near the Yacht Clubs until
he died in 1959.
biography is from the archives of AskART.com.
Submitted by Cindy White on behalf of Joseph V.
White (father-in-law) who was Mr. Wheater's friend,
neighbor and landlord for many years.