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 Robert Lee Eskridge  (1891 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: Hawaii/California      Known for: marine genre, illustrator, mural

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Born on Nov. 22, 1891 in Philipsburg, PA. Eskridge moved with his family to Pasadena as a child. He studied at Los Angeles College of Fine Arts, AIC, Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, with George Senseney and André Lhote in Paris. After traveling extensively in Spain and the South Seas, he lived in Chicago, New York, and Coronado Beach, CA (1917-32). Upon moving to Honolulu in 1932, he taught at the University of Hawaii until the bombing in 1941. As well as an artist, he was also the author-illustrator of several books about Hawaii including Umi, the Hawaiian Boy Who Became King, My South Seas Playmates, and Manga Reva. He died in Honolulu on April 16, 1975. Exh: Panama-Pacific Expo (San Diego), 1915 (bronze medal); AIC, 1928 (prize); Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1933; Century of Progress Expo (Chicago), 1933; Calif. WC Society, 1944. In Bishop Museum. Murals: Palmer House (Chicago); Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Ala Moana Pavilion (Honolulu).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Encounters With Paradise; American Art Annual 1919-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4-16-1975 (obituary).
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A genre painter, muralist, and illustrator, Robert Eskridge studied at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Academy of Fine Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Academy of the Fine Arts. He was also a WPA muralist and spent the years during World War II teaching in Florida and Los Angeles and after that was primarily in Hawaii for long periods of time including teaching at the University of Hawaii.

He first arrived in Hawaii in 1932 and did a variety of genre subjects including many scenes of the fishing industry.

He was author and illustrator of several books: Mangareva, The Forgotten Islands, South Sea Playmates, and Umi, The Hawaiian Boy Who Became King. His murals are in Honolulu at the Ala Moana Park Sports Pavilion and the Palmer House in Chicago.

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