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 Taber Sears  (1870 - 1950)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: marine, landscape, genre, portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Wayne H. Kempton, Archivist for the Episcopal diocese of New York and for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In doing research on one of the Cathedral's paintings I came across your website. Here is a little
biographical material on Taber Sears.

What follows is a verbatim copy of the obituary of Taber Sears found in the
October 19, 1950 New York Times.

Painter Who Did Many Murals for Churches Dies - Also Won Honors for

Taber Sears, an artist well known for his mural paintings and water-colors,
who was a former president of the Municipal Art Society, died yesterday in
Roosevelt Hospital of a heart attack after a long illness. He resided at 1060 Park Avenue.

Born in Boston in 1870, a son of George T.S. Sears and the former Caroline
Taber, Mr. Sears was a descendant of the Richard Sears who settled in
Plymouth in 1630. He received his professional training at the Boston Museum
Fine Arts School and at the Julian Academy in Paris under Jean Laurens,
later continuing his studies in Florence and Rome.

Among the mural paintings by Mr. Sears in New York churches are "The
Transfiguration," in St. James Protestant Episcopal Church; "The Consecration of Bishop Manning," in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; "Adoration of the Magi," a triptych in the Church of the Intercession; "Te Deum," on the reredos of the Old First Presbyterian Church; "The Resurrection," in St. Thomas; and "The Sermon on the Mount," in the Church of the Ascension. He also contributed a dozen or more important murals to churches in other cities.

Mr. Sears held several one-man water-color shows in New York, and his oils
have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design. In 1928 he received
the Delano prize for water-colors at the New York Water Color Club. He was a
former treasurer of the Society of Mural painters, at a time when E.H.
Blashfield, Kenyon Cox and John LaFarge were active in the work of the

He was a member for many years of the Municipal Art Society of New York and
was its president in 1923-1926; a director, former president, and treasurer
of the American Artists Professional League, a member of the American Water Color Society, Audubon Artists and Allied Artists of America. He also
belonged to the Salmagundi Club, Church Club, and the Century Club, of which
he was a trustee in 1924-1927.

Surviving are his widow, who was Florence Warner of this city at their
marriage in 1909; a daughter, Mrs. Moreau Yeomans of Great Neck, L.I., and
two grandchildren, Frank S. and Louise W. Yeomans.

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