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Ernest Tonk

 (1889 - 1968)
Ernest A. Tonk was active/lived in California, Illinois.  Ernest Tonk is known for cowboy genre, portrait, illustrator.

Biography   Ernest Tonk


Painter. Born in Evanston, IL on Nov. 24, 1889. Tonk began his career in Chicago where he studied at the AIC and maintained a studio. On the advice of Buffalo Bill Cody, he went west in 1908 to portray frontier life while working as a cowboy and wrangler. He moved to Cashmere, WA and worked in the logging industry and on a fruit ranch while painting in his leisure. In 1923 he settled in Glendale, CA where he worked for MGM and Universal Pictures painting action scenes. His easel paintings include portraits, landscapes, and western subjects. Tonk died in Garden Grove, CA on Nov. 20, 1968. Member: Laguna Beach AA; Glendale AA. In: Chelan Co. (WA) Historical Society; Carey Museum (Cashmere, WA). lnvw; AAW; Sam; The Cowboy in Art by Ed Ainswor

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