John Sanford Saltus (1853-1922) [H RA 1892-1922]

John Sanford Saltus (1853-1922)
[H RA 1892-1922]
American Realist artist / illustrator and philanthropist ;
J. Sanford Saltus ; J.S. Saltus ; J. S. Saltus ; John S. Saltus ;
[Born March 9, 1853 in New Haven, CT – died June 23, 1922 in London, England]

SAL record control number:
68914 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;


John Sanford Saltus (1853-1922) [H RA 1892-1922] biography:

Birth: March 9, 1854 in New Haven, CT ;
Death: June 22, 1922 in London, England due to suicide using cyanide ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ;
Zodiac: Pisces ;

Known for: Philanthropy of artistic organizations ; admiration of French culture ; love of costume parties ;
Medium: Oil ; pen & ink ;
Technique: Painting ; drawing ;
Subjects: Landscapes ; marines ; portraits ;

Areas: New Haven, CT ; New York, NY ; London, England ; Paris, France ; Winchester, England ; New Orleans, LA ; Nice, France ; Blois, France ; Rouen, France ; Domrémy, France ;
Region: North East ; South ; Europe ;
Lived: New Haven, CT ; New York, NY ; London, England ; Paris, France ;
Father: Theodore Salters (1820-1900), founder of the Saltus Steel Company ;
Mother: Susan Elizabeth (Sanford) Saltus (1833-1903) ;
Relatives: [he was an only child] ;
Spouse: Medora Scott (Hubbell) Saltus (1846-1906), wife, married 1885 ; Estelle E. Campbell (?-?), fiancée at the time of his death (1922) ;
Children: [none] ;

Training: Art Students’ League of New York, New York, NY ;
Work: Inherited family steel fortune and was a well known philanthropist of the arts from about 1890-1922 ; Founded the following prizes for organizations that support artists : National Academy of Design, New York, NY (1908), École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France (1910), Art Students’ League, American Numismatic Society, New York, NY (1913) ; Commissioned statues of Joan of Arc for Riverside Drive, New York, NY, New Orleans, LA, Nice, France, Blois, France, Rouen, France, Domrémy, France, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England ;


Member: American Numismatic Society, New York, NY, life member (1892-1922), second vice president (1897-1898), corresponding secretary (1900-1905), publications committee (1899-1905), orders and decorations committee (1901 on) ; British Numismatic Society, London, England ; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, honorary artist member (1892-1922), head of the library committee (multiple years) ; Fencers Club, New York, NY ;
Exhibited with: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY ;

Milestones: Always had a fascination with all things French including : Joan of Arc, the fate of the lost Dauphin and Louis XVII ; Saltus donated his extensive library to the Salmagundi Club, New York, which is the core collection of the organization ; Unclear if Saltus killed himself due to problems with his fiancée or if he accidently drank cyanide used to clean his coins ; In his will he left only the Salmagundi Club money in the sum of $15,000 USD (about $225k in today’s money) ;



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