Lawton Silas Parker
Most artists go a lifetime without the body of their work being lost or destroyed. To this prodigious and highly celebrated talent it happened twice.
Lawton Silas Parker was born in Fairfield, Michigan in 1868. His art training began at the Art Institute of Chicago, but by the age of twenty he had moved on to Paris and the Academie Julian in October of 1888.
Returning to the States in December of 1891, he accepted a position at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, now part of Washington University. 1893 would find him in New York at the Metropolitan Museum art school, and later, entering the Art Students League.
Parker’s winning of 1896’s John Armstrong Chan
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