James Milton Sessions

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James Milton Sessions


Roasting Chestnuts
8 x 10 inches
Signed Lower Right

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James Sessions (1882-1962) was born in Rome, NY in 1882.  He trained at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1903-1906 and initially supported himself as a wheelsman aboard Great Lakes ships from 1906-14.  He was a master watercolorist of marine, sporting, and military World War II scenes with a style similar to John Whorf, Ogden Pleissner, A. Lassell Ripley, and Sears Gallagher. He joined the Illinois Naval Reserve during World War I, and later became a commercial illustrator, primarily with Vogue-Wright Studios in Chicago.  In 1933 he began to focus on watercolor.  During World War II he was a “brush reporter” of the Pacific Theatre.  He also made a 60-painting documentary of jeeps in World War II action for Willys Overland Co.  His World War II scenes were the subject of a book, and were exhibited at the MMA.  Sessions traveled extensively around the U.S., painting in Cape Ann (MA), Nova Scotia, the Caribbean, and the Southwest.  


AIC, 1903-06.


MMA; AIC; CMA; Milwaukee AM; Campanile Gal., Chicago, 1982.


Chicago Tribune Collections; J.P. Speed Mus.; Great Lakes Naval Training Inst.; NY Graphic Soc., “American Masters Collection”; Borg-Warner Collection, Chicago.

Resources  Who’s Who, 2977; Askart.