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 Hugh Charles McBarron, Jr.  (1902 - 1992)

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Biography from Pritzker Military Library:

Hugh Charles McBarron, Jr. (1902-1992) was born in Chicago in 1902.  He began drawing at a young age and enrolled in Saturday morning art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Upon graduation from high school, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from there in 1925. 

After graduation, he began a career as an artist-illustrator, working for a variety of publications including Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Ward.  A student of history, he became deeply interested in uniforms, especially those from the oft neglected periods of the Mexican War and the War of 1812.  It was through his work in the 1930’s for the Infantry Journal that he met fellow historians COL Frederick Todd and Detmar Finke.[1]  He would later help them to found the Company of Military Historians in 1949.[2]  His military artwork includes contributions to the United States Army’s Army in Action series, 155 plates in the Military Uniforms of America series, his American Soldier series, and other artwork for the Company of Military Historians.[3]

Major work:
His work The Doughboy reflects his attention to detail and historical accuracy. 

[1] Archamabult, “H. Charles McBarron, Jr.; Company Artist and Founder.”  Military Collector & Historian.  Vol. 44 (Spring 1992), p.46.

[2] Elting, “Obituary: H. Charles McBarron, Jr.”  Military Collector & Historian.  Vol. 44 (Spring 1992), p. 45, and Archamabult, p.46.

[3] Archamabult, p.47.
Exhibit information: 
The Pritzker Military Library’s exhibit entitled “The Art of Persuasion” which includes McBarron's The Doughboy will run through the Summer of 2006.  For more information on the Library, call 312-587-0234 or visit the Library’s website:

Submitted by Theresa A. R. Embrey, M.L.I.S., Catalog Librarian

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