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 Thomas Montague Beggs  (1899 - 1990)

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Lived/Active: Virginia/California      Known for: Art administrator, painting

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Thomas Montague  Beggs was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 22, 1899. Beggs studied at ASL in NYC, Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and with Will S. Taylor and W. S. Kendall. While a resident of Claremont, CA, he headed the art department at Pomona College during 1926-47.

After that time he served as director of the Nat'l Collection of Fine Arts of the Smithsonian Institution until 1966. He was a resident of McLean, VA until his demise on Oct. 25, 1990.

His painting subjects include sporting scenes which are often compared to the works of George Bellows.

Member: Calif. Art Club; Calif. WC Society. Exh: LA Co. Fair, 1927, 1930; Pasadena Art Inst., 1930; Ebell Club (LA), 1937.

Works Held: Guild Hall (Claremont, CA); Redlands (CA) University
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); American Art Annual 1933; Who's Who in American Art 1936-70.
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