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 Richard Vanderfold Ellery  (1909 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Maine      Known for: landscape, portrait, sculpture, mural

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Richard Vanderford Ellery was born in Oct. 22, 1909 in Salem, Massachusetts. He moved with his family to Danvers, Massachusetts in 1915. He attended the Massachusetts College of Fine Arts in Boston (1928-32), later on doing graduate work in murals and portraits at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston. At some point, one of his teachers was the painter Philip Little.

Ellery signed up to do WPA work in 1935 and painted murals at Danvers Town Hall (with the assistance of his good friend Sol Levenson and another North Shore artist Thomas Baker). Four of his murals still hang in the Danvers Town Hall. The Town donated 9 murals to the Danvers Historic Society, but they are not on display as they are awaiting restoration.

An aside: It seems that in order to support his family and paint, he had a small farm, did carpentry, etc., but the only time he put his brushes down was during the War when he went to work for GE to help the war effort.

He died in Maine on May 10, 1993at age 83.


Submitted by Joanne Conti, October 2003. Conti writes: This information was from a Danvers Herald News Article....I think it was in the Aug. 14th, 2003 issue.
It is courtesy of Ms. Evelyn Lannon, Fine Arts Dept. of the Boston Public Library:

Ellery was listed in The Annual Exhibition Record of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Vol. III, 1914-1968, and in a search of books about Art at the 1939 NY World's Fair, Ms. Lannon found one item, an illustration of "Lobster Shack" by Ellery, and this was included in American Art Today: NY World's Fair (Nat'l Art Soc. 1939).

Ms. Lannon sent me a photocopy of a similar painting called "Lobstermen and Shack", which photo is noted as being a Federal Art Project WPA, and included in the Boston/New England Art Archives, Fine Arts Dept, Boston Public Library.

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