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The Artists

Robert Benney

A native New Yorker, Benney began to paint full-time in 1936-37 while traveling in West Indies and South America. He left New York soon after to live on Gaspe Peninsula in Canada. He did combat paintings for the Abbott Naval Aviation collection in 1943 and in 1944 witnessed the conquest of Saipan and other actions while recording the work of the Army Medical Department for Abbott Collection. His work is exhibited in many museums.


Kerr Eby

Born 1889 in Japan, the son of a Methodist minister, Eby was brought to Canada two years later. He studied at New York Art Students League and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He made thumbnail battle sketches of World War I that later served as basis for his famous book WAR. Eby was appointed an Abbott war artist correspondent in 1943, and sketched Marines in action through four months of bitter fighting in the South Pacific theater.


Joseph Hirsch

Born 1910 in Philadelphia, Hirsch studied art there, graduating with two first prizes. His work is owned by leading museums and he has won many awards painting for Abbott Laboratories. His work includes the most widely reproduced War Bond poster of World War II, Till We Meet Again and working as a war artist-correspondent in 1943, Hirsch was sent first to the Pensacola Naval Air Station, then to the Pacific theaters, and from there to the Italian front.


Carlos Lopez

Born 1908 in Havana, Cuba, Lopez lived in Cuba, South America, Spain, Tampa, Chicago and Detroit, where he finally settled. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute and Detroit Art Academy. His works hang in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute, and numerous private collections. Lopez also executed murals for post offices and many other public buildings.


Reginald Marsh

Born 1898 in Paris, France, of American parents, Marsh was graduated from Yale University in 1920 and later studied with John Sloan. He won the Kohnstamm Prize, Art Institute of Chicago in 1931 and the Thomas Clarke Prize, National Academy of Design 1937. His paintings are owned by leading American museums and his murals are displayed in the Post Office Building, Washington, D.C., and in the U.S. Customs House in New York City.


James Baare Turnbull

Born in St. Louis in 1909, Turnbll studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. As an Abbott war artist-correspondent painted the activities of the U.S. Amphibious Forces in the Philippine. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Springfield Museum, University of Arizona, the Phillips Memorial Gallery, the Louisiana Marine Hospital and others.


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21 April 2006