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Charles Stafford Duncan

 (1892 - 1952)
Charles Stafford Duncan was active/lived in California, Kansas.  Charles Duncan is known for portrait and figure painting, graphics.

Charles Stafford Duncan

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Born Hutchinson, Dec. 12, 1892; died New York, NY, 1952. Painter, specialized in portraits and figures. Lithographer. At age four, his family moved to San Francisco where he later studied at the California Society of Fine Arts. He continued to live in San Francisco until 1945 when he moved to Sausalito, CA.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1974. American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194720; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1; NMAA file; AskArt,, accessed Sept. 2, 2005; Bender, Albert M. Drawings by Charles Stafford Duncan from the Albert M. Bender Collection. (San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1938)

This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store
Painter, lithographer. Born in Hutchinson, KS on Dec. 12, 1892. At age four Duncan settled with his family in San Francisco where he later studied at the CSFA. During the 1920s his paintings were more cubist in form; whereas, his works of the 1930s show the influence of Diego Rivera. He was a resident of San Francisco until 1945 when he moved across the bay to Sausalito.

Duncan died in NYC on June 7, 1952 following a trip to Paris.

His oeuvre includes portraits, nudes, and figures.

Member: SFAA; Calif. Society of Etchers; Bohemian Club. Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1924-39 (medals & prizes); Beaux Arts Gallery (SF), 1927, 1928; Bohemian Club, 1927, 1928 (prize); PAFA, 1928, 1930; Pacific SW Expo (Long Beach), 1928 (gold medal); Detroit Inst. of Art, 1929; CPLH, 1930 (prize); LACMA, 1932; Calif. Palace of Fine Arts, 1932; CGA, 1932; Whitney Museum (NY), 1933; MM, 1933; De Young Museum, 1935; Calif. Pacific Intl Expo, 1935; SFMA, 1935, 1938 (solo), 1950, 1952; NAD, 1937 (prize), GGIE, 1939; Seattle Museum, 1940. In: SFMA. AAA 1933; SF Chronicle, 4-28-1935; WWAA 1936-41; NY Times, 6-8-1952 (obit).

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About  Charles Stafford Duncan

Born:  1892 - Hutchinson, Kansas
Died:   1952 - New York, New York
Known for:  portrait and figure painting, graphics