Claire Shuttleworth (1867-1930) was a painter, educator and musician born in Buffalo, NY. She has an international reputation and is known as the “Painter of the Niagara.” In addition to her well-known sea and landscape paintings, she was also a portrait artist. She primarily worked in oils, watercolors and pencil.
As a girl, Shuttleworth was sent to Saint Agnes School in Albany to study music. In her spare time she discovered her principle passion, painting.
She studied painting at the Buffalo Art Students’ League under Canadian painter, George Bridgeman, and also studied in New York City. She then painted and studied in France and Italy for five summers, studying under Amercian painter Frank Vincent DuMond. She enrolled in the Academie Vitti in Paris under Luc-Olivier Merson, Raphael Collin and Paul LeRoy.
Upon returning to Buffalo, she was awarded the fellowship prize of the Buffalo Society of Artists. She was an active member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Society of Women Painters and the Sculptors and the Buffalo Arts club.
She was inspired to make a series of pictures of the Niagara. Fascinated by it since childhood, she attempted to preserve the natural beauty to posterity before it became diminished by the encroachments of commerce. She produced over 100 paintings of the Falls and Niagara River. She lived and worked at 370 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, and kept a summer studio in Chippewa, Ontario, Canada, where the Welland and Niagara Rivers met. She endearingly called her summer studio “Miglestreams.”
She painted, sketched and exhibited throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.