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 Horatio Nelson Poole  (1884 - 1949)

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Lived/Active: California/Hawaii/New Jersey      Known for: etching, easel and mural painting, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Horatio Poole was known as an accomplished painter and muralist. He worked on many commissioned projects and was also a teacher for many years.

Poole was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1884. He and his family relocated to Pennsylvania when he was ten years old. Poole lived in Philadelphia and studied at the local School of Industrial Design. He went on to attend classes at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art for six years as a pupil of Thomas Anshutz.

In 1914, he moved to Hawaii where he was able to support himself working as a newspaper illustrator,"Pacific Commercial Advertiser". For the opening night exhibit of the 1917 opening night exhibition of the Hawaiian Society of Artists, he both exhited his etchings and did the promotional sketch for the newspaper.

In 1921 he left Hawaii to relocate in San Francisco, California, where he worked as a teacher at the California School of Fine Arts and the University of California, Berkeley.

Poole served as the president of the California Society of Etchers for three years and remained involved in the club. During the 1930s he did work for the Public Works Administration painting murals, including one he did for the Roosevelt Junior High School in San Francisco. Throughout his career he exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art, (1935), and the Galerie Beaux Arts, San Francisco (1929).

He died in San Francisco, California in 1949.


Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"

Biography from Isaacs Art Center at Hawaii Preparatory Academy:
Horatio Nelson Poole was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1884. He and his family relocated to Pennsylvania when he was ten years old. Living in Philadelphia, Poole studied at the local School of Industrial Design where he learned etching. His first etching was made from a scrap piece of zinc and printed on a mangle used for printing blue prints at the factory where he worked, helping to support his family.

He studied for six years at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art as a pupil of Thomas Anshutz. In 1914, he moved to Hawaii, where his brother lived, and he supported himself working as a newspaper cartoonist (1914-1917 for the "Honolulu Star Bulletin", and in 1917-18 for the Honolulu Advertiser). During this time, Poole worked on developing his skills as an etcher. He earned money designing bookplates for many famous collections of rare volumes. In this way, he met major collectors, such a C. Montague Cooke, who bought prints of all the etchings Poole made in the islands.

By 1918 Poole was one of the most prominent members of the Hawaiian Society of Artists. His fame reached beyond Hawaii and he was elected a member of the California Society of Etchers where he served as president for three years. In 1921, he left Hawaii to relocate to San Francisco, California where he joined the faculty of the California School of Fine Arts. He gave lectures on the art of etching, painted in his Montgomery Street studio, created murals, had one-man shows at the Galerie Beaux-Arts and continued to extend his influence on California art through his lectures at Berkeley and the California School of Fine Arts. Throughout his career, he exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art, (1935) and the Galerie Beaux Arts, San Francisco (1929). He died in San Francisco in 1949.
--Bernard Nogues, July 2004

Biography from Douglas Frazer Fine Art, Ltd.:
Born in Haddonfield, New Jersey on January 16, 1884, Poole moved with his family to Philadelphia at age ten where he learned his trade at night school at the School of Industrial Art. He also studied for six years with Thomas Anschutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

His first etching was made from a scrap piece of zinc and printed on a mangle used for printing blue prints at the factory where he worked, helping to support his family.

In 1914, he moved to Hawaii where he drew illustrations and cartoons for newspapers, made bookplates, and etched scenes which captured the essence of those tropical islands.

Seven years later he moved to San Francisco, where he lived until his death in 1949. Though he continued to focus primarily on etching, including serving as president of the California Society of Etchers for three years, he also became a respected painter, muralist, and illustrator.

While active as an artist, he also taught at the California School of Fine Arts and at UC Berkeley for many years.

Sources include: WWAA; Dawdy: Artists of the American West, vol. 1; Forbes: Encounters with Paradise; Hughes: Artists in California 1786-1940.

By Sarah Nelson



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