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 Fred Rosebury  (1901 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: New York / England      Known for: industrial theme abstract painting, serigraph, collage, drawing

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Fred  Rosebury
"Rainy Night at the Bridge"
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Fred Rosebury, (July 10, 1901-February 20, 1999) born in London, emigrated to the United States with his family in 1910 and settled in New York City. After quitting high school, he traveled widely as a radio operator on tankers from 1920-27. He attended City College of New York, Columbia University and Cooper Union College, where he studied commercial art, a career he pursued from 1928-31.

He worked briefly as a radio engineer and did research for the next 10 years at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, where he started as a part-time volunteer.  He was married to Pauline (Pleasure) Rosebury (1906-1993) in 1936, a poet and artist in her own right.
He joined the MIT. Radiation Laboratory in 1942 and invented several top-secret radar devices. While at the Vacuum Tube Lab at the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) from 1951-71, he published two manuals, several scientific papers and wrote and illustrated the Handbook of Electron Tubes and Vacuum Techniques (Addison-Wesley, 1965), reprinted by the American Institute of Physics and Springer-Verlag . 

In addition, he served as a coach and role model for a number of PhD candidates at MIT  
Mr. Rosebury retired from MIT in 1971 and founded an engineering consulting firm, Intertech, Inc., working for a number of clients including NASA, for whom he designed a heated glove to be worn by astronauts.  He also wrote and illustrated Symbols, Myth, Magic, Fact, and Fancy published in 1974.

Mr. Rosebury was a member of the Society of Wireless Pioneers, keeping his ham radio operator's registration current and used his "rig" until shortly before his death.
Mr. Rosebury was above all an accomplished artist who worked in many media including watercolor, pen and ink, scratchboard and gouache, and produced many serigraphs (silkscreen prints). He was a pioneer in modernist screenprinting, becoming an early devotee of the innovative technique developed in the 1940s.   His artwork has been exhibited at the following venues:
Columbia University, watercolors, drawings, paintings (blue ribbon award) 1935
Grand Central Palace, paintings 1939
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, collage, serigraph 1948

MIT staff art show  paintings, serigraphs 1949
Natick Federal Savings and Loan serigraphs, drawings 1950
Natick Art Association serigraphs, drawings 1951
MIT Music Library serigraph for publicity 1957
Museum of Fine Arts early 1960s
MIT. art show serigraphs 1963
Cambridge (MA) Art Association serigraphs 1971
Channel 2 Auction serigraph 1975
Temple Beth Am Framingham, MA recoupage 1977
NAACP Boston 2 recoupages 1977
Boston Visual Artists Union drawings 1977
He also made unusual jewelry. In his 70s and 80s he produced a group of more than 35 recoupages made from found objects.  As he was red green, colorblind, his use of color, in particular, in his few naturalistic scenes is noteworthy.

Submitted by Deborah Dyer


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