Felloes, Edgar (Portland)

Edgar Felloes (ca.1864-1923) (Portland)

Directory Listings
1889 PCD not listed
1890 PCD pg. 235 “Felloes, Edgar, Art School 33 and 34 Washington Bldg, res E. P.” plus display ad quoted below.
1891 PCD pg. 285 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res E. P.” (not listed in East Portland)
1892 PCD pg. 418 “Felloes, Edgar, draughtsman Oregonian, res 441 E Davis”
1893 PCD pg. 395 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 360 Ross”
1894 PCD pg. 328 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 360 Ross”
1895 PCD pg. 296 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 360 Ross”
1896 PCD pg. 276 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 360 Ross”
1897 PCD pg. 269 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 360 Ross”
1897 AAP pg. 353 “Oregon Camera Club, Portland, Oregon, …President, Edgar Felloes…”
1898 PCD pg. 277 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 355 Williams av”
1898 AA pg. 264 “Oregon Camera Club, Portland, Oregon, …President, Edgar Felloes…”
1899 PCD pg. 288 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 355 Williams av”
1900 PCD pg. 298 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 355 Williams av”
1901 PCD pg. 280 “Felloes, Edgar, artist Oregonian, res 355 Williams av”
1902 PCD pg. 354 “Felloes, Edgar (Felloes & Faust), bds 385 Victoria”; “Felloes & Faust (Edgar Felloes, Albert G Faust), photo engravers 57 Union block, Tel Grant 351”
1903 PCD pg. 334 “Felloes, Edgar, photo engraver 57 Union blk, 227 1/2 Stark, res 385 Victoria” plus display ad, same as 1904.
1904 PCD pg. 374 “Felloes, Edgar, Photo Engraver and Designer, 57 Union block, 227 1/2 Stark, res 385 Victoria” plus display ad quoted below
1905 PCD pg. 407 “Felloes, Edgar, photo engraver, bds 385 Victoria”
1906 PCD pg. 414 “Felloes, Edgar, bds 385 Victoria”
1907 PCD pg. 517 “Felloes, Edgar, draftsman O R & N Shops, bds 385 Victoria”
News Items and Advertisements
1890: “Felloes’ Art School, Washington Building. The course of training in this school the same as in the Ateliers of London and Paris. Prospectus on Application” Polk’s Portland City Directory 1890, Portland; R. L. Polk & Co. 1890, pg. 749.
1897: “HE WON THIRD PRIZE – MR. FELLOES’ TRIUMPH IN AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY. Among Fifteen Thousand Competitors From All Over the World, Portland Man is Near the Top. Mr. Edgar Felloes, of the art department of the Oregonian, has been awarded the third prize in the international amateur photographic exhibition held in London, January 15, 1897. There were over 15,000 competitors, among whom were the best known amateur photographers of the world, and Mr. Felloes may well feel proud of his success. The picture which won the prize was one of two photographs of Miss Wainwright, of San Francisco, which Mr. Felloes placed on exhibition. A cut of the photograph is published herewith, but a newspaper portrait cannot do justice to the fine lighting effect and perfection of detail which make the picture a work of art.
The other portrait of Miss Wainwright, which was exhibited with the prize winner, won the prize at a recent exhibition of the Portland Camera Club, of which Mr. Felloes is president, over the picture which carried off the honors in the English competition.
Mr. Felloes has given all of his spare time to the study of amateur photography, and the results he has attained are pronounced by experts to be unequalled. In portraiture, he produces effects of light and shade that give his pictures a striking individuality, and a singular beauty which is to be found in the work of no other artist. Amateur photography is merely his avocation, as his work as a newspaper artist is in a entirely different direction, but there are no professionals whose portraits are so striking. He makes his own paper, and devotes the utmost attention to every trifling detail of his work, sometimes working for several days before he can obtain a satisfactory pose and lighting.
Mr. Felloes has as yet received no official notification of the award, but the London Graphic, under whose auspices the exhibition was held, publishes his name as the winner of the third prize in its last issue, and the official announcement to the artist will follow in due course. The prize is £3.” Oregonian, 18 April 1897, pg. 20, includes cut of winning item and cut of Edgar Felloes.
1898: account of exhibition by Oregon Camera Club “Nothing in the entire exhibition is finer, and nothing in its peculiar way so fine, as three portraits by Edgar Felloes, who has gained prize-fame both at home and abroad, where he is well known in photographic art circles for the high character of his work. Of the three portraits referred to, one, which it is understood Mr. Felloes himself likes best, is ‘A Cavalier.’ Standing and viewing it from across the room, one might almost suppose himself facing a delicate reproduction of a Rembrandt, with the dull, deep background of Vandyke brown, rich and soft and suggestive, and starting out in vivid contrast the pale, noble features of the cavalier with the delicately chiseled contour and stern, cold hauteur that distinguish the chef d’oeuvre of the old Dutch painter. It would be difficult to find anything more desirable in photographic art that this and the other two portrait studies by Mr. Felloes. The others are: ‘Joaquin Miller, a Portrait,’ and ‘Portrait of Captain Jack Crawford.’ It is not easy to decide which of the three pleases one best. They are gems, perfect, each of them.”, “Sun Used by Artists”, Sunday Oregonian, 9 October 1898 pg. 15

1899: account of exhibition by Oregon Camera Club “The picture that was awarded the first prize is No. 56, a noble portrait of McKenzie in Scotch plaid and bonnet, leaning on his staff. The face is a marvelous study. The pose is spirited, and so realistic that the smell of the heather seems to cling to his wind-blown hair and beard. This is the work of Edgar Felloes…”… “The Marchioness’ (No. 53), which won the third prize in this class , is a wonderful study. The poor, ill-used girl whom everybody that has read ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ remembers, is seated at a table over a pack of cards; a white cap rests on her black, rumpled hair, and her thin arms are bare. The sputtering flame from an old tallow candle sheds a dim radiance on her face, showing the soft and tender lights in it and the look of inquiry in the eyes. Mr. Felloes has put some of his very best work into this picture”, Oregonian, 13 October 1899

1899: “The Youth’s Companion Photographic Contest. Mr. Felloes, The Winner Of The Grand Prize For 1899.
Edgar Felloes, whose work has been awarded the grand prize in The Youth’s Companion Amateur Photographic Competition for 1899, is of English parentage. He was born at Singapore, East India, and when a mere child was sent to England to be educated. He was entered as a pupil in the South Kensington Art Schools, and after a course of training there, found occupation as a designer in a stained-glass factory, devoting his time and talent to church decoration. Ten years ago he came to Portland, Oregon, as a citizen of the United States, where he began newspaper work as staff artist upon the “Morning Oregonian,” a position which he has held ever since. He was first attracted to photography as a purely labor-saving proposition. It was so much easier and simpler to reproduce a building or an object by means of the camera than to do so line by line with pen or pencil, and in his particular field of work speed was often a matter of necessity. It was not until four years ago that Mr. Felloes began to see the artistic possibilities of what had hitherto appealed to him merely as a mechanical process for facilitating newspaper illustration. But from the moment when it became clear to him that art and photography were close kin he devoted all his leisure to demonstrating the relationship. The artist in him, once awake to the fact that it was possible to photograph character and atmosphere as well as form and feature, insisted upon the development of the idea. There is, according to Mr. Felloes, and elusive, yet clearly discernible, psychic force back of and dominating the mechanical process of photography. It is this subtle influence which, manifested in his pictures, gives them an aesthetic value far beyond that of the ordinary photograph. He has been a successful competitor in many amateur exhibitions, and two years ago won a prize in The Youth’s Companion Competition on his portrait of Joaquin Miller. Indeed, out of eleven competitions which he has entered during the brief period of his photographic career he has won nine prizes. Two of these prizes were from London. One of his best pieces of work is a picture of the actor, Frederick Warde, in the character of Macbeth, and reproduced in the ‘Pacific Monthly.'” By Lischen M. Miller, Portland, Oregon, November 15, 1899. Photographic Times, February 1900. (clipping from papers of Myra Wiggins, courtesy Carole Glauber)

1900: Photo reproduced in Oregonian. “To Mr. Edgar Felloes, of The Oregonian art department belongs the distinction of being classed as of the leading photographers of the United States. The editor of the American Annual of Photography, New York, requested Mr. Felloes to contribute one of his latest efforts for publication in that journal …” The Sunday Oregonian, March 11, 1900, pg. 18, cols. 2-3.

1900: (article about Oregon Camera Club, see their listing for full transcription.) “The portraits made by Edgar Felloes, who is one of its pioneer members, have taken world’s prizes in America and England, and Mr. Felloes has accumulated so large a collection of trophies of his victories that he has to keep an extra room. … The operating-room is in the tower of The Oregonian Building, where it can be lighted from as many sides as necessary. It contains all the appliances of a first-class photograph gallery, including a splendid portrait camera, the use of which is free to club members. It is in this gallery that Mr. Felloes took nearly all his prize-winning pictures; and where he secured the lighting effects that have made his work, so well known. …” The Sunday Oregonian, June 03, 1900, pg. 25, whole page with illustrations.

1902: “Funeral Notices. Felloes — The funeral of Mrs. Edgar Felloes will take place at her late residence, 355 Williams ave., at 2 P. M. today (Friday)” Morning Oregonian, May 09, 1902, pg. 9, col. 1.

1904: “Felloes for CUTS. 227 Stark St. Phone Main 1335” Portland City Directory 1904, Portland; R. L. Polk & Co., 1904, sidelines advertisement.

1904: “A Few Photographic Gems by Western Artists” Oregonian, 9 October 1904, pg. 22. Print reproduced “A STUDY Edgar Felloes, Portland, Or”

1916: “PICTURES ON VIEW. Photographs That Have Won Prizes Are at Library. SEA AND FIELD CONTRIBUTE. Nude Art, Particularly “Spring,” Is Exceptionally Good, While Action in Marine Disaster Is Most Vivid — Oregon Birds Taken. Large crowds saw the opening of the Camera Club exhibit Wednesday night at Central Library, when 100 amateur photographers displayed a collection of 480 pictures. … Edgar Felloes shows “The Highland Shepherd.” a striking portrait study, and many other attractive photographs. …Edgar Felloes in his collection shows a portrait of Nance O’Neil, the famous actress and one of Frederick Warde. …” Morning Oregonian, October 06, 1916, pg. 13, col. 3.

1923: “Edgar Felloes Passes. Ex-Head Of Oregonian Art Department Dead. Winner of Many Prizes in Photography. One of Founders of Oregon Camera Club. Edgar Felloes, head of the art department of The Oregonian 22 years ago, winner of international prizes in photography and one of the founders of the Oregon Camera club, died in San Francisco Sunday, according to word received in Portland yesterday. He was nearly 60 years old. Mr. Felloes was considered an authority on amateur photography and won many prizes with his work in London, Paris and New York. Nance O’Neil, who played Shakespearean roles in the old Cordray theater here, was his favorite subject and many of his prize-winning pictures were of her. He became head of The Oregonian art department in 1900 in the days when engravings were made on chalk plates. After several years his health failed and he established a chicken ranch at Battle Ground, Wash. He left for California to interest the movies in an invention of his but finally went back to photography and established a studio there. His father, Paul Felloes, 90 years old, survives him, as do two children. Mr. Carl Maxwell of Evansville, Ind., and Quenton Felloes of San Francisco, and the widow. ” The Oregonian, 11 December, 1923, pg. 9.
Bibliography
Oregon Camera Club, Sixth Annual Print Exhibition, October 29 to November 3 1900, Portland; np nd, unpaginated, “List of Members…Felloes, Edgar…”, List of Prints by Edgar Felloes at this exhibition: “(Not For Competition)”
52 The Nihilist.
53 Night
54 In Colonial Days
55 Fantine
56 Rip Van Winkle
57 He He! Ha Ha!!
Photograms Of The Year 1904, (annual periodical) London; Dawbarn & Ward, 1903, pg. 171 “In the metropolis of the State, Portland, the list of pictoral workers is a long one. Edgar Felloes is, perhaps, the most prominent figure.”

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