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 Russell Patterson  (1896 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: New York/California/Nebraska/New Jersey / Canada      Known for: landscape, genre, illustrator

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Russell Patterson
from Auction House Records.
A Summer Day
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Following is text from the awards ceremony when Russell Patterson received the 2007 Hall of Fame Award from The Society of Illustrators.

Russell Patterson (1896–1977) was very influential as an illustrator (in the ‘twenties his flappers were as definitive as those of John Held Junior).

He studied architecture briefly at McGill University in Canada and later at the Chicago Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts. His early work for department stores like Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company and Marshall Field was noted for his interior designs.

A year of painting landscapes in France followed. When he returned to America in 1921, the Jazz Age was just beginning. Patterson began to draw sexy coeds and they were an immediate success when they appeared in College Humor. With his incorporation of their raccoon coats and flapping, unbuckled galoshes in his drawings, Patterson became a pacemaker in setting styles. He had a special flair for clothes, and his drawings were followed for what was right to wear.

Patterson spent the 1930s in Hollywood doing set and costume design for the movies, mostly elaborate musicals similar to his Broadway shows. In the late ’thirties, he returned to New York to the department store field. He designed coats for I. J. Fox, Christmas toy windows for Macy’s and resumed his advertising illustrations.

During World War II he designed the Women’s Army Corps uniforms, train interior, he drew a comic strip and also designed hotel lobbies and restaurant interiorsis advertising illustrations. During World War II he designed the Women’s Army Corps uniforms, train interior, he drew a comic strip and also designed hotel lobbies and restaurant interiors.

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Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Russell Patterson settled in New York City, where he had a career as an illustrator, landscape painter, and designer. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago and also claimed to have been a student in France of Claude Monet, French Impressionist.

Patterson was a member of the Society of Illustrators and the American Institute of Designers. He was a costume and set designer of the 1922 Ziegfield Follies as well as other Broadway shows and movies in Hollywood. He also did designs for hotel lobbies, department stores, and restaurant interiors.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Note from Jane Simoes:

I've recently discovered Russell was possibly the child of M.A.W.F. Patterson and Katie Callahan of Newfoundland, married Sept. 1, 1890 at St. Charles Church, Brooklyn, NY. Any info greatly appreciated.

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