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Max Crouse

Epithet: Artist (b.c.1862)

Record type: Biographies

Biography: At present little is known about the artist, Max Crouse.

A Max Crouse appears in the 1891 census lodging in Toxteth Park, Liverpool. He is listed as an artist, aged 30, and born in Iowa, USA with a wife Miriam/ Marrian who was born in Shropshire. By the 1901 census a Frederick M.Crouse is listed in Cheetham, Manchester; he is an artist, aged 39 and his wife Mary Jane was born in Shropshire. The only major difference is that Frederick M. (possibly Max) Crouse was listed as a Foreign Subject, born in Germany.

It is impossible to confirm whether these two people are the same person and if they made this painting. The similarities between the two census entries and the proximity of Liverpool and Manchester would imply that they are one and the same artist.

It is interesting to note that at the time of the 1891/1901 censuses Manx artists such as E.C. Quayle and R.E. Morrison were living and working in the Toxteth Park and Birkenhead areas. It is possible, therefore, that Crouse may have known some of the Manx artists and travelled to the Isle of Man on one or more painting trips.

Although little is known about Max Crouse, several examples of his work are currently known, including 5 paintings in the collections of Manx National Heritage. Unfortunately none of his works appear to have been exhibited on the Island during his lifetime, which would have helped to date his visits to the Island.

The known examples of his work indicate that Crouse mainly worked in oils and that harbour scenes were his most popular subject matter. The 5 oil paintings held in the National Art Collection are of Douglas Harbour (2), Peel Castle and harbour (2) and Castle Rushen and harbour (1).

Occupation / profession: artist

Gender: Male

Date of birth: 1861-1862

Place of birth: Germany or Iowa, USA


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