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  "Old Flax Mill" by Marcus Mote
An early advocate of arts education, Mote was born to Quakers David and Miriam Mendenhall Mote in 1817 near Lebanon, Ohio. His career began early as an itinerant limner, famous by drawing a life sketch of John Quincy Adams. Adams was in route to Cincinnati to dedicate the Mount Adams Observatory and made a stop at the Williamson Hotel, which is now known as the Golden Lamb Inn.

Mote moved his family to Richmond in 1864 in search of a broader audience of patrons. He opened a studio and continued to paint portraits, sign painting, biblical paintings and tuition from students. It was in 1869 that he founded the Richmond Academy of Design for Women. It is reported that 541 pupils attended the academy.

It was his advocacy of art as part of the school curriculum that is his true legacy. He managed to convince the Richmond School system to include drawing in school eight years before the State of Indiana mandated drawing as part of the school curriculum. This legacy helped to prepare the ground for Richmondís early reputation as an art center.

 
   
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Patriotic Carving by Marcus Mote
Wayne County
Historical Museum Collection

"Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends" by Marcus Mote
Earlham College Permanent Art Collection
"Girl with Chickens" by Marcus Mote
Earlham College Permanent Art Collection
"Old Flax Mill" by Marcus Mote
Morrisson-Reeves Library Collection
 
         
  by Marcus Mote
Wayne County
Historical Museum Collection
by Marcus Mote
Wayne County
Historical Museum Collection
Johnathan Roberts at about 65 by Marcus Mote
Wayne County
Historical Museum Collection
Mary Roberts by Marcus Mote
Wayne County
Historical Museum Collection
 
         
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Born: 1817
Died: 189
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Preferred Media: Painting

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Sources:

  • Palladium-Item and Sun-Telegram. June 10, 1941. Marcus Mote Started Artistís Career Early.

  • Palladium-Item and Sun-Telegram. June 10, 1941. Drawings of John Quincy Adams Made by Marcus Mote in 1843.

  • ___The Magazine Antiques. March 1951. Marcus Mote of Ohio by Hazel Spencer Phillips.

  • ___Friends Intelligencer. Philadelphia. November 17, 1951. The Life and Art of Marcus Mote, 1817-1898 by Opal Thornburg.

  • ___The Richmond School; Presented by Jay County Arts Council and the Art Association of Richmond, September, 1985.

  • Burnet, Mary Q. Art and Artists of Indiana. New York; The Century Co., 1921.
    Peat, Wilbur. Pioneer Painters of Indiana. Crawfordsville, Indiana: The Lakeside Press, 1954.


 
 
 

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