Theodore Clement Steele

Theodore Clement Steele was a member of the Hoosier Group and a well-known Indiana Artist

Birth: September 11th, 1847
Birth City: Gosport Indiana
Death: July 24th, 1926
Marriage: Elizabeth (Libbie) Lakin (1870) (Deceased 1899), Married Selma Neubacher (1907)

Artist Summary

Subject Matter: Portraits, Landscapes
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Biography of T. C. Steele


Started painting at the age of five
Was considered talented enough that during his boyhood years he taught drawing at Waveland Collegiate Institute during his boyhood years
Moved to Indianapolis in 1873 and worked as a portrait painter
Studied at the Royal Academy in Munich Germany for five years financed by a group of investors
Became known as one of the prominent members of the Hoosier Group and nationally recognized
Discovered Brown County in 1907 and bought property in 1907
Built a house on a hill that was later named “House of the Singing Winds” by Selma
Gustave Baumann carved in the Steele’s fireplace mantle “Every morning I  take off my hat to the beauty of the world”
Selma always referred to her husband as “the painter”
The Steele had many visitors on Sundays which later became know as “Sunday at the Steele’s”
T. C. was up by 4:00 a.m. in the morning to hike his property and capture the first light of the day
In the early years, the Steele’s spent the summers in Brown County and the winters at their home in Indianapolis
Selma loved flowers and created an extensive flower garden on the property which T. C. included in many of his paintings
The Steele’s made many improvements over the years building a studio in 1916 considered to be the largest in the Midwest
Selma gave the property to the State of Indiana prior to her death. The property is now the T. C. Steele Sate Historic Site

1. M. Joanne Nesbit and Barbara Judd - Those Brown County Artists - "The Ones Who Came, the Ones Who Stayed, The Ones Who Moved On 1900 - 1950" - Nanna's Books 1993
2. Lyn Letsinger-Miller - The Artists of Brown County - Indiana University Press Bloomington and Indianapolis 1994



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