Frederick R Cross
Frederick R. Cross was active/lived in Kansas, Illinois.
Biography Frederick R. Cross
Studied at Kenyon College. Worked as a commercial artist and director of advertising for a Chicago corporation. Became interested in fore-edge painting on books and mastered the art by discovering the precise kind and consistency of watercolors and inks, finding and making the special pens and brushes required, and developing a clamp to hold the books while being painted. He adorned a number of books in his own collection and occasionally accepted commissions.
Collections: Kenyon College Library; Colby College Library.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Crawford, Nelson A. “A Long-Dead Art Now Lives,” Kansas Magazine (1952); Weber, Carl J. A Thousand and One Fore-Edge Paintings (Waterville, ME: Colby College Press, 1949).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.