Artist Biography

Horatio N. POOLE
1884 - 1949

Horatio Nelson Poole, an etcher, painter, muralist, and illustrator, was born on January 16, 1884 in Haddonfield, New Jersey. At age ten he moved with his family to Philadelphia where he studied at the School of Industrial Art and for six years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Anshutz. In 1914 he moved to Hawaii where he supported himself with newspaper illustrations and bookplates. Leaving Hawaii in 1921, he settled in San Francisco and became active with the California Society of Etchers, serving as its president for three years. Maintaining a studio at 712 Montgomery Street, he also taught at the California School of Fine Arts and at University of California at Berkeley for many years. During the 1930s Poole completed several commissions for the Public Works Administration including a 20 foot mural in San Francisco's Roosevelt Junior High School. He was an active, highly respected artist and teacher in San Francisco until his death on July 4, 1949. Member: California Society of Etchers; San Francisco Art Ass'n; Chicago Society of Etchers; California Bookplate Society. Exhibited: Hawaiian Society of Artists, 1917; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1921-49 (awards); California Society of Etchers, 1926 (first prize); Galerie Beaux Arts (San Francisco), 1929; San Francisco Museum of Art Inaugural, 1935; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939. Works held: San Francisco Museum of Art; De Young Museum; Mills College (Oakland); Shasta State Historical Museum; Orange County (CA) Museum.

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