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Lived/Active: Illinois/District Of Columbia/Ohio      Known for: theatre scenery painting, panoramas

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
One of the better-known scenic artists of Chicago was David Strong, whose name appeared on the bills of Jack Haverly (died 1901), who owned the Fourteenth Street Theatre in Chicago, Bush Street Theatre in San Francisco and Noblo's Garden in Brooklyn.  Later Strong was in the Sosman & Landis establishment (1875-1933), a Chicago scenery painting studio, which specialized in backdrops for Scottish Rite rituals.

David Strong was born in Lancaster, Ohio.  His professional career commenced in Boston at Howard's Athenaeum, one of the most famous Boston Theatres, founded in 1845 and closing in 1953.

He was then engaged for several years stocking the larger New England theaters with scenery.  He painted in the National Theater in Washington for four years during the war.  He then went to the Chestnut Street Theatre (1805-1913) at Philadelphia, under Leonard B. Grover's management in the mid 1860s. 

After this, Strong worked in New York on Broadway at the Olympic Theatre (1856-1880) and at Niblos Garden (1834-1872), where he worked with Marsden and got up the original scenery for the Black Crook, which premiered on September 12, 1866 and is "considered by many scholars to be the first musical comedy." (Wikipedia, Noblo) 

Strong also painted the panorama,The Mirror of Ireland, famous to the East some time ago, and traveled with it four and a half years. 

When Grover and Call opened the old Adelphi Theatre in Chicago in 1917,  Mr. Strong was induced to come West, and remained there working in several of the first-class theaters (plus portrait-sketch).

Submitted by Gene Meier,

Chicago Inter Ocean, February 28, 1886, p.9
Jack Haverly, Obituary, The New York Times, September 1, 1901

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