Norman St. Clair Biography

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Norman St. Clair (1865 - 1912) Watercolorist. Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, on Nov. 24, 1865. St. Clair studied architecture and worked as a draftsman in England. After immigrating to America, he was an architect in Boston, Denver, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco before moving to Pasadena about 1900. He had a home in the Arroyo Seco and commuted regularly to Laguna Beach where he is considered to be the first artist to work in that community, which he discovered between 1895-1900. Primarily a self-taught painter, his representational watercolors are derived from the English school of painting. St.Clair died of tuberculosis at his Pasadena home on March 6, 1912. Member: LA Painters Club; Calif. Art Club.

Exh: SFAA, 1904-11; Laguna Hotel, 1906; Del Monte Art Gallery, 1908-09; Kanst Gallery (LA), 1909; PAFA, 1910; Calif. Art Club, 1912; LACMA, 1915 (memorial). In: Orange Co. (CA) Museum. 1 So. Calif. Artists, 1890-1940; SCA; NY Times, 3-8-19t2 (obit); AAA 1913 (obit).

Biographical Information: Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes

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