The Paintings of
Gilbert Munger


by Michael D. Schroeder

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Other 19th and Early 20th C. Artists with Surname "Munger"


White House picture George Munger [1771-1825], the son of Gilbert Munger's great, great, great grandfather Josiah, was born in Guilford, Connecticut, and lived in New Haven. George was father to Caroline, Clarissa, and George Nicholas, all of whom were artists (see below). He was an engraver and is known for painting portraits and miniatures.

(left) George Munger's The President's House, watercolor of the burned White House, c.1814-1815, White House Historical Association.

(right) George Munger's John Brown, 1815, graphite and wash on paper, 4 1/2 x 3 5/8 in, gift of Miss Emma L. Stokes, acquired 1951, Maryland Historical Society.

John Brown picture
George Nicholas Munger [1803-1882], the son of George Munger (see above), was born in East Guilford, Connecticut. He was an expert mechanic and for many years made instruments for Yale College. He was a talented amateur painter. I have not been able to find any images of his paintings.

Clarissa Munger [1806-1889], the daughter of George Munger (see above), was born in East Guilford, Connecticut, and lived in Andover, Massachusetts, New York City, and Madison, Connecticut. She is famous (in her day called the best in America) for flower paintings that have been widely reproduced., especially in The Wild Flowers of America (1859).

(right) Clarissa Munger's Iris, 1848, original watercolor leaf from privately published book Forget-Me-Not - Flowers from Nature - with Selected Poetry. Apparently this book was a prototype for The Wild Flowers of America (1859).
Flowers picture.
Caroline Munger [1808-1892], the daughter of George Munger (see above), was born in Madison, Connecticut, and spent most of her life in East River, Connecticut, on the estate called "Wildwood." She is mainly known for painting miniature portraits on ivory.

Still life. Ann Wells Munger [1862-1945] was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and lived for most of her productive years in Pass Christian, Mississippi, summering in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She painted landscapes and portraits in oil and pastels.

(left) Ann Wells Munger's Still Life, oil, 16 x 20, Barridoff Galleries, 2000.

(right) Ann Wells Munger's By the Shoemaker's - Pass Christian Mississippi, oil, 14 x 10, Neal Auction Company, 1999.

Street scene
Rudölf Munger [1862-1929], born in Bern, Switzerland, spent the early part of his career painting and decorating the interiors of homes. He became locally well known as an illustrator, as a producer of posters and murals, and as a painter of glass windows. Starting around 1890 he produced some 19th C. style romanticized landscapes and some portraits of subjects in traditional garb.

(right) Rudölf Munger's Porträt einer sitzenden jungen Frau im Trachtenkleid (1909), oil, 55 x 38 cm, offered at the 3 November 2000 auction of Dobiaschofsky Auction AG, Bern Switzerland.
Seated girl.
Robert Munger [1907-1981] was born in Aubonne, Switzerland and spent the first part of his career doing decorative wall painting. Around 1955 he produced some landscape paintings in oil and in watercolor, but then turned to abstract paintings.

(right) Robert Munger's Liegender Frauenakt auf Sofa, oil on board, 46 x 38 cm, offered at the 7 May 1994 auction of Dobiaschofsky Auction AG, Bern Switzerland.
Nude woman.
This Unidentified drawing was purchased by a West Virginia collector along with two other similar drawings at a California estate sale in 2014. They are dated Dec 7 1891 (see below), Dec 9 1891, and Feb 9 1892. While the quality of the draftmanship is excellent and the signatures are similar to Gilbert Munger's longhand signatures from 1892 letters, the signature match is not good enough to identify him as the artist.

(right) Mung Er Drawing of a bust , charcoal on paper, 18.5 x 24.25 in.
Drawing of a bust.

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