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 Alexander Benjamin Clayton  (1906 - )

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Lived/Active: Maryland/Texas      Known for: portrait-dignitary, figure, mural

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Alexander Benjamin Clayton
from Auction House Records.
Lady in her Garden, Washington, D.C.
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted September 2004, is from Kathy Torr, great niece of the artist. Her source is her aunt, Persis Clayton Weirs, niece of the artist.

"We lived in Maryland with my grandmother ,"Bunky",when I was small. I must have been 4-8 years old. Uncle Alex was living with her at the same time. I remember watching him paint in his studio. He was quiet and soft spoken and very tolerant of his three little nieces. He also used to spend time with us on Stave Island, but I was too small to remember. I never saw him again after we moved out of Bunky's house . I think he moved to LA after that.

I remember that he lived in Portugal for several years, a long time in the DC area, New York, California and finally Texas. He had a business manager who lived with him. He was well paid for his portraits $10,000 to $20,00 I think, but tried to maintain the lavish lifestyle of high society and used up all his income living in big houses and throwing big parties,etc.

He had an impressive list of clients---Richard Nixon, Pope John (forget which#) lots of government dignitaries from the Dallas area in later years, etc. Grampy was a great letter writer and always kept in touch with his brother and sister, Alice. When he got to the point where he couldn't write anymore , I started writing to Alex to let him know how Grampy was doing. I think I still have his letters.
Born in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Alexander Clayton was a painter, especially noted for his portraits. He was active in the Washington DC area where he was a member of the Washington Society of Artists. He also lived in New York, where in 1939, he had a solo exhibition at the Tricker Gallery. Other exhibition venues included the Art Institute of Chicago (1942) and the Pennsylvania Academy in 1948.

In Bethesda, Maryland, he tuaght at the Chalet Non Pareil Gallery School.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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