James Henry Daugherty Biography

DAUGHERTY, James Henry (1889-1974)

Comments: A modernist figurative painter, he began his career in NYC in 1907 as an illustrator, but also became a Synchromist painter, 1915-22. He returned to a more realistic figurative style, and produced many murals during the WPA era (particularly in Connecticut) that reflect American historical subjects, the working class, African-Americans, and Native Americans. Illustrator: more than 50 books, including Abe Lincoln Grows Up by Carl Sandburg; John Brown's Body, by Benet; Knickerbocker's History of New York, by Washington Irving; Daniel Boone (Newbery Medal, 1940); Poor Richard; and Robert Goddard: Trail Blazer to the Stars, (Macmillan, 1964). Author & illustrator: Rainbow Book of American History, (World Publ., 1968); Their Weight in Wildcats, (Avon, 1969); Andy and the Lion, 1970; Sound of Trumpets: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1971, Viking Press). Contributor: articles to magazines & periodicals. Marlor gives place of death as Boston, Mass.