Anne Bradshaw Clopton

 Cobweb Artist

Born:July 22, 1878, near Shelbyville, Tennessee
Died:February 4, 1956
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL


•  Anne Bradshaw Clopton is famous for her delicate oil paintings on spider webs.

•  "Ann gained international recognition for her art. She perfected a method of painting with oil on cobwebs, resulting in ethereal, elegant works. Her paintings were exhibited at the New York World's Fair, the Robert Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, and numerous other museums. She also appeared on a number of television programs of the early 1950's. She willed her large art collection to the Barrett Museum in Huntsville. She taught Latin, math and art from 1921 to 1943 at Joe Bradley High School. She formed the first Girl Scout troop in Alabama." - CloptonFamily.Org

•  Moved to Huntsville, AL in 1896 and remained the rest of her life (aged 77).

•  Taught in Huntsville School System from 1896 until her retirement in 1944.

•  Preferred webs from the brown grass spider (one-inch square to 8"X10")

•  Married: James Blount

•  Four children: Robert Walter Clopton, Mary Coldwell Clopton Kring, Olive Elizabeth Clopton Barnard, James Malvern Clopton, and Ruth Clopton Jackson.

•  Exhibited at two World's Fairs:
St. Louis: 1896
New York : 1939

Related Links:

•  CloptonFamily.Org - Anne's position in the family tree described. (Originally found at

• - Anne Clopton's home is now a business and they have a nice profile of her on their website. (They also have an exhibit room there)

•  Flickr - Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll Photo by King Kong 911, October 17, 2010

•  Huntsville Times - Article from Huntsville Times by Sarah Cure and photo by Robin Conn

•  Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll - Photo by Norm Walker

•  Find A Grave - Originally Created by Graveaddition