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 Linwood Payson Ames  (1870 - 1937)

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Lived/Active: New York/California/Maine      Known for: landscape, desert scene and horse painting, lithography, camouflage

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
In 1918, Linwood Ames, a Sargeant in the US Army, received special attention because of his skills creating camouflage.  "Under his direction all sorts of stunts were put through. A 'dead horse' was rigged up, which afforded concealment for three expert riflemen; a badly battered 'tree stump' sprung into being, to do its bit as a listening post; and finally a huge canvas tent was erected, under brush and earth, till it looked exactly like a hill, but a hill that gave effective concealment to 400 sharpshooters.

These camouflage works aroused great interest, and got the special attention of a General John O'Ryan, who decided that the skill was important enough to have a course dedicated to that study before soldiers left US soil and not wait, as had been the practice, to do training overseas.

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Roy R. Behrens, Camoupedia, p. 27

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Born in Fairfield, ME on Jan. 12, 1870, Linwood  Ames came to California in 1924 from New York City.  After settling in Sierra Madre, he painted landscapes, desert scenes, and horses in action. 

He was a co-founder of the Sierra Madre Art League. 

He died in Sawtelle, CA on May 25, 1937. 
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Census; Death Record; Pasadena Post, 5-28-1937 (obit).
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