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 James Tank Porter  (1883 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: California / China      Known for: sculptor-portrait, sketches

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Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Sculptor. Born in Tientsin, China on Oct. 17, 1883, the son of medical missionaries. Porter graduated from Beloit Academy in Wisconsin. After moving to La Mesa, CA in 1904, he obtained a B.A. degree from Pomona College (1914).  He further studied at the ASL in NYC under Bridgman and Aitken, and at Columbia University while working in the Connecticut studio of Gutzon Borglum.

As well as a sculptor of portrait busts, he was owner of Brown Manufacturing Company in La Mesa where he invented the rotating lawn sprinkler.

Porter died in La Mesa on March 13, 1962.

Member: Contemporary Artists of San Diego (founder and first pres.). Exh: San Diego FA Society, 1923-41; OGlE, 1939. In: Beloit College; Yale Univ.; Pomona College; Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park (San Diego); San Diego Museum. AAA 1929-33; WWAA 1936-62; Journal of San Diego History, Summer 1989.
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