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 Roscoe Lloyd Babcock  (1897 - 1981)

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Lived/Active: California/Kansas      Known for: ranch scene, desert landscape and seascape painting

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Roscoe Lloyd Babcock
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Laguna Beach Scene
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These Notes from AskART represent the beginning of a possible future biography for this artist. Please click here if you wish to help in its development:
Born Thayer, Nov. 14, 1897; died California, June 11, 1981. Painter, specialized in seascapes & desert scenes. Lived for some time in Laguna Beach, CA.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; Family Search. Version 2.5.0. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2002. accessed July 13, 2006
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Roscoe Lloyd Babcock was born in Thayer, KS on Nov. 14, 1897.  Raised on a farm, Babcock moved to Colorado in 1912 and worked as a cowboy until inducted into the Army in WWI.  After the war he attended the School of Mines at Golden, CO and then studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Coming to California in 1920, he settled in Laguna Beach and furthered his art studies with Galen Doss, Thelma Paddock Hope, and Clyde Scott.  While employed by the U.S. Postal Service, he painted in his leisure.  Known as "The Painting Postman of Laguna,"  he retired from the post office in 1960 to devote full time to painting.  Active in the local art scene, he served three terms as president of the Laguna Beach Art Ass’n.  He specialized in  western ranch scenes, desert landscapes, and seascapes in oil.  Babcock died in Huntington Beach, CA on June 11, 1981. 

Member:  Laguna Beach AA (pres. 1949-51. 

Exh:  Laguna Beach Festival of Arts 1936-73; solo shows in Palm Springs, San Diego, 29 Palms, and Seal Beach. 

Works Held: American Legion (Laguna Beach); Hong Hospital (Newport Beach); Laguna Beach High School.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); Laguna Beach News-Post, 6-18-1981 (obit).

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