Richmond Art Museum

Richmond, IN



Mote's Art: The Quaker and Richmond Heritage of Marcus Mote

June 11 - July 30, 2000


Marcus Mote (1817-1899) was a Quaker Artist in Richmond. The exhibition features portraits, still lifes, and landscapes painted in Richmond including satirical commentary works on the temperance movement. Mote saw the transition of Richmond from a rural farming community to its beginnings as an industrial force. He used paint over photograph in much of his work resulting in fragile surfaces but good likenesses of early inhabitants. (left: Call at the Sign of the Old Gray Goose, Wayne County Historical Museum)

The exhibition is organized stylistically and includes stereoscopic views of Richmond taken in Mote's lifetime. Mote lived in a rapidly changing world and his art reflects his struggle to adapt and remain a true Quaker. Mote was born in Miami County, Ohio to Quakers David and Miriam Mendenhall Mote. His career in Lebanon, Ohio was that of an itinerant limner distinguished by a life sketch of John Quincy Adams and the execution of four large panoramas. He moved to Richmond in 1864 and in 1869 founded the Richmond Academy of Design. He is most noted for his portraits, biblical paintings and documenting the Yearly Meetings. His diaries, letters and art give many insights to the evolving Quaker life in 19th Century Indiana. (left: Ball'ie and his owner, 1880, Wayne County Historical Museum Collection)

Please also see photographs of the Marcus Mote Home located between Waynesville and Oregonia; and a map of the Locations of the Meetings, Consitituing Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends, 1851 by Marcus Mote

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