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 Milton Herbert Bancroft  (1867 - 1947)

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Lived/Active: Maryland/California/Massachusetts      Known for: portrait, figure, interiors and mural painting

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Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Milton Bancroft became an Impressionist painter of portraits, landscapes, figures, and murals.  He was much influenced by his stay at Giverny, France where he adopted the effects of sun dappled light on figures and landscape that were espoused by Richard Miller, Louis Ritman, Frederick Frieseke, and George Biddle.

He attended Massachusetts Normal Academy School in Boston, and from 1883 to 1886, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  From 1886 to 1892, he taught at Swathmore College and served briefly as Superintendent at the Pennsylvania Academy.

In 1894, he left for Europe and spent five years of intense training in Paris, studying with Louis Giradot and Gustave Courtois at the Colarossi.  Returning to the United States, he earned much respect for his talents and was commissioned to do a mural, Court of the Seasons, for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.

David Dearinger, Painting and Sculpture in the Collection of The National Academy of Design, p. 26

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Born in Newton, MA on Jan. 1, 1867. Bancroft studied and later taught at the PAFA during 1892-94. He was active in San Francisco in 1915 as a muralist for the PPIE. He died in Sandy Springs, MD in December 1947. Member: Salmagundi Club. In: NAD.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; Art in California (R. L. Bernier, 1916); NY Times, 12-12-1947 (obituary).
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