(1910 - 1984)
Robert Oliver Skemp was active/lived in Connecticut. Robert Skemp is known for portrait, marine, illustrator.
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The following is from Jennifer Skemp O'Grady, daughter of the artist:
Robert Oliver Skemp was born in 1910 the son of Olive Hess Skemp, a prominent rug designer and artist, and grew up with a love of the sea and the ships that sailed it. A librarian aunt provided books with stories like Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues under the sea, and Mysterious Island with illustrations by artists like N.C. Wyeth, Meade Schaeffer and others.
At age 16 he enrolled in the Arts Student's League of New York to study with Thomas Hart Benton, George Bridgeman, and Frank V. DuMond. Still a young man, he joined the merchant marines and went around the world on a cargo ship, traveling to Europe, the Middle East, Ind
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