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 Frank Davenport Duncan, Jr.  (1916 - )



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Lived/Active: California/New York/Illinois      Known for: war scenes, still life and abstract painting, watercolors

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After serving in the camouflage section of the U.S. Army during WWI, Duncan returned to San Francisco.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
SF Chronicle, 2-13-1919.
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Biography from Stillwell House Fine Art and Antiques:
Frank Davenport Duncan was born in Chicago in 1916.  As a young man he moved to New York where he first began to paint.  From there he decided to begin formal study and enrolled in the Yale School of Fine Arts, where he won a number of awards for his paintings. 

After graduating from Yale he was drafted into the U.S. Army but was able to continue to paint as a soldier, working on murals and other projects at Fort Bragg. In 1942-43 Duncan was deployed to North Africa and Italy with the 36th Infantry Division. He continued to paint from his outposts, documenting the surrounding landscape and everyday life in the army camps. 

In 1944 he exhibited 9 works lent by the War Department of the United States of America.  The exhibition was titled "The Army at War, A Graphic Record by American Artist" at The Art Institute of Chicago.  After the war he was awarded The Guggenheim Fine Arts Fellowship in 1945 and again in 1947 for his work in the arts.  In 1949 he was a part of  the "Fifty Ninth Annual American Exhibition Water Colors and Drawings" at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Also the same year Duncan exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in "1949 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture Watercolors and Drawings". 

In 1950 or after he exhibited at the Grand Central Gallery in New York City.  His works can be found in the collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The Office of Medical History Museum, US Army Medical Department, and The Georgia Museum of Art.  He is best known for his works on the war, still life oil paintings and watercolors, and abstract watercolors.  Duncan later settled in New Rochelle, New York.

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