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Richard B. Gruelle biographical sketch

 Collection — Folder: S3021
Identifier: S3021

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a handwritten autobiographical sketch and a photocopy created by Richard B. Gruelle ranging from 1851-1910 regarding his life and career as a landscape painter.

The autobiography discusses Gruelle's developing interest in the arts, particularly drawing and painting, during his childhood. It then covers his early apprenticeship with the village house painter and his training and his early work in western Illinois doing portraiture. He then describes his marriage to Alice Bentou and move to Indianapolis, Indiana, to pursue his career in landscape watercolor painting. The autobiography also includes his meetings with other artists and his exhibitions in art galleries in Washington D.C.


  • 1851-1910


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Richard B. Gruelle was born on February 22, 1851 in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He was raised by his parents John B. Gruelle and Prudence Gruelle, born Moore, in Arcola, Illinois. He was married to Alice J. Gruelle and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he worked as a landscape painter. He died on 1914/11/08 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gruelle's landscapes were featured in galleries in both Indianapolis and Washington D.C and focused on landscapes of the areas surrounding Washington.


"Mr. Gruelle's Pictures." Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, IN) Sept. 27, 1892. Hoosier State Chronicles.

"Richard B. Gruelle in the 1910 United States Federal Census." ancestryLibrary, accessed Sept. 20, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/09/20 by Julia Deros. EAD finding aid created 2017/09/20 by Julia Deros.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.