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 Percy B. Eckhart  (1877 - 1969)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: landscape painting

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Percy B. Eckhart, a painter, businessman, lawyer, cultural leader, and world traveler, was born on January 20. 1877 in Chicago, Illinois.  He was a graduate of the University of Chicago in 1899 and received a law degree from Harvard University in 1902.  He taught law at the University of Chicago from 1903 to 1915.  It appears he studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited there in 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930.  He served as general council and Trustee at the Art Institute of Chicago.  He was known to have traveled and painted in South America, the Far East, and throughout the U.S., including California.

A vary intelligent and talented individual, he served as director and officer of the B. A. Eckhart Milling Company.  He was a member of the executive committee of Montgomery Ward & Co., director of Chicago Title & Trust Co., and the Champlain Oil & Refining Co.  He was also president of the Desoto Securities Co. and the Desoto Realty Trust Corporation.   
Eckhart was active in the art and cultural scene in Chicago.  He was the founder of the Ravinia Festival Association in 1936 and was governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestral Association.  He was a Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He was an Alumni Award Winner from the University of Chicago in 1941.  The award is given each year by the University of Chicago's Alumni Board of Governors recognizing alumni who have made notable contributions to society and the University.

He died in July 15, 1969 in his summer home in Lake Placid, New York.

Written and submitted by Michael R. Perez, Collector and Art Historian, MP Consulting, Artisfun,  Inc.

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