Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 28, 1878 into a family of
actors, Lionel Barrymore wanted to become a painter but followed family
tradition and proceeded to become one of the best known actors of
stage, screen, and radio.
While working as an actor, he etched and painted in his leisure.
He was a pupil of Ferdinand Kamps, whom he often joined on painting
trips, and also he spent time with William Eskey learning etching for the first time at Eskey;s Twentynine Palms ranch in California.
Barrymore was also the author of Mr. Cantonwine: A Moral Tale
During his last years, he was confined to a wheelchair due to a series
of hip fractures. Most of Barrymore's life was spent as
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