James F. Gookins

Artist (United States)
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James Farrington Gookins was one of Chicago’s best-known painters during much of the later nineteenth century, but he has been almost totally forgotten today. What little reputation he now enjoys, in fact, is primarily confined to Indiana, the state where he was born and where he later spent a brief but crucial role in the development of professional art instruction. Moreover, he was the most consistent practitioner in the specialized genre of fairy painting in the United States. The American investigation of this subject has, itself, been ignored and Gookins has not been among the few artists who were even briefly recognized for their contributions.

(William H. Gerdts, Illinois Historical Art Project)