His Published Life
This section contains materials I've gleaned from
various print sources including newspapers, books,
pamphlets, art and trade journals. The links on the
left are the guide to this information.
Let's begin with an overview. In his 1981 book
entitled Artists of Grand Rapids, by Dr. J.
Gray Sweeney covers Earle's professional art career.
The first link nicely summarizes Earle's life.
The remaining links are in chronological order
beginning with his young adulthood just after the
Civil War, when he was active in his art & also
playing baseball in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The last
link is Earle's obituary in the Grand Rapids Herald,
The pictures near the top of pages in this
Left: Painting of the North Canal Bridge, 1893.
This was painted for the the Columbian Exposition in
Chicago and reproduced in 1894 in the official book
of the "Masters"
2nd: The Dutch Boy Painter is today as well-known
as it was in the early 20th century as the logo for
the Dutch Boy Paint Company.
3rd: One of the 16 historical murals painted by
Earle for the Chicago National Bank in 1902. These
were reproduced as a postcard set.
Right: "Brush And Pencil" - One of the art
journals of the early 20th century.