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 Carson Sutherlin Davenport  (1908 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: Virginia      Known for: genre, seascapes, mural, graphics

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Ed Fisher, Professor at Averett University, friend
and co-worker:

Carson Davenport taught art for a number of years at Averett College, Danville, VA, and his works hang in the library. Many individuals in the Danville area own his paintings. He painted in watercolors and oils. Davenport spent summers on Chincoteague Island, VA, and many of his paintings were of scenes of the island landscapes.

Carson Davenport was a former art instructor at Averett College where we have a considerable collection of his work, including pencil sketches, watercolors, oils, and prints (Christmas cards).

Biography from Mary B. Blount Library:
The following is from Clara G. Fountain, Reference/Archives Librarian:

Carson Davenport, a native of Danville, was an artist of national reputation and an artist-teacher of the first-rank.  Born on February 14,1908, he spent most of his life working in watercolors.  During the Depression, he participated in the Public Works Art Project and his work attracted the attention of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt.  She chose his painting "Pioneer Women" to hang in the White House.

Mr. Davenport attended the Danville Public Schools and studied at various schools including the Corcoran School in Washington (1929-1930), Grand Central School of Art in N. Y., and the John Ringling School in Sarasota, Florida.  His works have been exhibited widely, including at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1934, 1936, and 1937.  He is represented in numerous public and private collections throughout the country, and was a member of the Washington Water Color Club.

Davenport opened a summer art school at Chincoteague Island off the eastern shore of Virginia, where he enjoyed painting the wild ponies and marine landscapes.  He described his unique style as an attempt to "stimulate the brilliance of the color of mosaic, as Roualt was influenced by the brilliance of the colors of stained glass."  The Averett College Davenport Collection hangs in the Mary B. Blount Library.

Carson Davenport headed the Averett College Art Department from 1943 until his retirement in 1969.  He died on September 28, 1972."

Additional information courtesy of Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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