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 Samuel John Armstrong  (1893 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: Washington/California/Colorado      Known for: watercolor set design backdrops, animation

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Denver, CO on Nov. 7, 1893, Samuel Armstrong studied at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Art and Rochester (NY) Mechanics' Art Institute. He had an art school in Tacoma, WA in 1923 and was art editor for the Tacoma News Tribune

During the 1930s, he lived in Santa Barbara, CA and later joined the staff at Walt Disney Studios as an animator for Fantasia.  He was well known for his illustrations and covers for Sunset  magazine.  Armstrong died in Los Angeles on Jan. 24, 1977. 

Pacific NW Expo, Seattle, 1927 (1st prize); Santa Barbara Art League, 1930s; NW Independent Salon (Seattle), 1928 (3rd prize); Gardena (CA) High School, 1933.  Murals:  Ferry Museum (Tacoma, WA); Temple of Justice (Olympia, WA); Fox Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara); Doheny Library (USC).
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Denver, Colorado, Samuel Armstrong became known for his watercolor illustrations and for backgrounds of animated films at Disney Studios. He studied at the School of Industrial Art in Philadelphia, and the Mechanics Art Institute in New York. He was also a student of Albert Herter and Jean leon Ferris.

Armstrong lived in Tacoma, Washington from 1918 to the 1930s, and operated the Armstrong School of Art. In the 1930s, he moved to Santa Barbara and then farther south to the Los Angeles area where he went to work for Disney Studios and worked on films including "Snow White", "Fantasia", "Dumbo", and "Bambi".

Gordon McClelland and Jay Last, "California Watercolors, 1850-1970"
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