Donald Frederick Witherstine (1896-1961).
Not only a fine and respected artist himself — his moody woodblock prints evocatively depict the somber darkness that can steal over Provincetown — Witherstine was a prominent advocate of the art colony. He helped put together the seminal Forum 49, he was president of the Provincetown Art Association, and he ran his own very influential gallery, Shore Studios, at 47 Commercial Street, in the West End. Born in Herkimer, N.Y., Witherstine lived in Peoria and attended Bradley College there, which explains the “Illinois” on his Army gravestone, noting his service as a private in World War I. He studied further at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, before coming to town to study with George Elmer Browne. The Witherstine plot memorializes Donald’s parents, Frederick S. Witherstine (1868-1938) and Martha Pearl (Simpson) Witherstine (1876-1952); his sister, Margaret L. Witherstine (1900-1977); his wife, Elsie May (Hallett) Witherstine (1893-1984), who served as an ensign in the Navy during World War I; and their son, Lt. (j.g.) Warren Frederick Witherstine of the Naval Reserve (1932-1957). He is commemorated at Warren Witherstine Square, on the West End Lot, 55-57 Commercial Street.
¶ Last updated on 21 November 2017.