Frank Wilbert Stokes

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Frank Wilbert Stokes, also known as Frank Stokes, Frank W. Stokes and F. W. Stokes[1] (November 27, 1858 – 1955)[2] was an American sketch artist and painter who specialized in illustrations of arctic and antarctic themes. A large collection of his works is now in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.[1]


Stokes was born in Nashville, Tennessee, United States in 1858.[1]

He studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins.[3] Later on Stokes spent nine years in England and France where he in Paris studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Léon Gérôme, the Académie Colarossi under Raphaël Collin and the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger.[4][5] Besides classical training in style and technique he also was influenced by impressionist style.

Stoke participated in expeditions to northern Greenland under Robert Peary during 1886 and 1892 - 1894.[4][5]

In 1902 he joined the Antarctic on the Swedish Antarctic Expedition under Otto Nordenskjöld.[6]

In 1909 and 1910 Stokes completed mural decorations at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.[5][7]

During 1925 - 1926 he joined the Amundsen-Ellsworth expeditions.[4][5]

Stokes had a number of exhibitions during his career, some which were held at the Brooklyn Institute Museum of Arctic and Antarctic Pictures in 1894, the Art Institute of Chicago February 27 through March 16, 1900[8] and in New York City December 21 through January 22, 1925 – 1926.

Stokes died in New York City, New York in 1955.[1]

Works by Stokes[edit]

Sketches (selected)

  • "King Oscar II Land" (Jan 20, 1902)
  • "An Iceberg off Palmer Island" (Jan 20, 1902)
  • "Weddell Sea" (Jan 31, 1902)
  • "Cape Gordon, Erebus and Terror Gulf" (Feb 10, 1902)

Oilpaintings (selected)

  • "Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego" (1902)
  • "Sunrise, Atlantic Ocean" (1903)
  • "Return of Commander Byrd and Floyd Bennett from the North Pole" (1926)
  • "Departure of the "Norge" for the North Pole" (1926)


  1. ^ a b c d [1], Smithsonian American Art Museum, Stokes entry
  2. ^ [2][permanent dead link], Cybermuse Beaux-Arts, Stokes entry
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2003-07-01. Retrieved 2008-09-05. ,, Eakins entry
  4. ^ a b c [3], Tennessee A guide to the state, Stokes entry
  5. ^ a b c d [4],, Stokes entry
  6. ^ [5],, Stokes entry
  7. ^ [6], American Museum of Natural History, Stokes entry
  8. ^ [7], Art Institute of Chicago, Stokes exhibition

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