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 Dantan Winslow Sawyer  (1910 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/South Carolina      Known for: landscape painting, architectural design

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Dantan Winslow Sawyer was born August 20, 1910 in Clinton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire in 1933.
 
In the 1940 Dartmouth College Alumni Directory he was listed as working in “Insurance” in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
1920 Census:  Parents: Frederick and Charlotte Sawyer; Brother: Alan Sawyer
1930 Census: same data
1940 Census:  Married to Margaret Sawyer; Daughter: Anne Sawyer.
 
New York Times Archives: Dantan Sawyer is listed in several group shows in New York in 1941 and 1942.
 
He was an member of the Architectural Institute of American starting in 1964.

He studied with Bernard Karfiol.

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Churchill Lathrop, Department of Art, Dartmouth College: “Dantan Sawyer has always impressed me as a New Englander in the best and broadest sense of the term. He has enthusiasm and a curiosity about the world. He has a cool penetrating Yankee eye and at the same time a New England vision, an inwardness of seeing that is gentle and colorful. I like his work because it marries the bold and the gentle. Strong forms carry subtler ones and bright colors are in harmony with delicate tones. Nature is presented simply and with sensitivity. There is more than a roadside view for as one looks appearance blends into mood. I like this sort of thing as nature and as painting.”
 
Dorothy Adlow, Christian Science Monitor, November 14, 1938: “Mr. Sawyer belongs in the society of present day painters who are seeking to give form to a mood to reveal a state of thought in the confines of color and mobile form. The paint is assertive, expressive, in his hand; but is not restrained or subdued, but is permitted a certain freedom of excess. When a performer has some native good taste he can let go and achieve a result which is sensitive, elusive and stirring.”
 

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, April 1988, p. 76-77: “Dantan Winslow Sawyer died November 1987, in a convalescent home in South Carolina of progressive cerebral failure. He entered Dartmouth from Saugus, Mass., and though a history major had an underlying interest in art. He belonged to the Zeta Psi fraternity, and was a member of the Arts Council. After graduation Dan studied architecture in France and opened his own office in Hamilton, Mass., in 1935. This was interrupted by service as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy from 1941 to 1946. Dan’s chief interest was in period architecture and in historic preservation of houses and towns, Bedford, Mass, being one. His knowledge and expertise were recognized by Who’s Who, and by Arts and Artists, where he served as an editor. He was also chairman of the Castle Hill Arts Center for many years. In the seventies his health started to fail. He closed his office and moved to Charleston, S.C., where he was a consultant on the restoration of the beautiful and historic city. Married twice, he is survived by a daughter, Anne Manners, of Wellesley, Mass., by his first marriage, and several stepchildren by his second.”

Exhibitions:
Dantan Sawyer, Georgette Passedoit Gallery, 121 East 57th Street, New York, February 17-March 1, 1938
Dantan Sawyer, Grace Horne Galleries, 71 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, October 21-November 12, no year.
Dantan Sawyer, Grace Horne Galleries, 71 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, November 6-November 18, 1939.
Great Issues, Carpenter Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 1948.
Dantan Sawyer, King Hooper Mansion, Marblehead, Massachusetts, October 5-November 1, 1952.

According to the Social Security Death Index he died on November 5, 1987.
 
Submitted by Deborah T. Haynes, Data Manager, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
 


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