Egbert Cadmus
(1868 - 1939)

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Despite his obvious talent both as a watercolorist and as a draftsman, Egbert Cadmus is known primarily as the father of Paul Cadmus, the controversial social satirist whose ribald WPA-sponsored paintings of the 1930's established him as a chief visual commentator of 20 th-century life in America. Egbert was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey to a family that claimed to be descended from Dutch forebears who emigrated to New York as early as 1710. Little is known of his childhood, though by the 1890s, Egbert was studying drawing at the National Academy of Design with Charles Hinton (1869-1950), a prominent teacher who would later welcome Paul into his classroom. As early as 1893, one of Egbert’s watercolors, A Boy’s Head, earned a favorable comment from a New York Times critic reviewing a show in East Orange, New Jersey. Among Egbert’s other teachers was Robert Henri (1865-1929), an influence evident in his strong watercolors.

When Egbert moved to Lyme in 1931, he fell in with a cadre of like-minded landscape artists whose company buoyed him in his late years. His immediate neighbor was George Bruestle (1871-1939), and he also formed a friendship with Winfield Scott Clime (1881-1958). These connections place Egbert Cadmus closer to the inner circle of Lyme Art Colony artists than he is generally credited, and the quality of his painting places him among the group’s premier watercolorists.


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