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Lawton S. Parker
Lyme Art Colony
(1868–1954) In Lyme: 1912-1923
Lawton S. Parker (1868-1954) was born in Fairfield, Michigan in 1868. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under Joel H. Vanderpoel, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with Gerome, at the Julian Academy with J.P. Laurens, Constant, Bouguereau and Robert-Fleury, mural painting with P. Besnard in Paris, and at the Art Students League of New York under William Merritt Chase. He was president of the New York School of Art in 1898-99.

He was an Associate member of the National Academy of Design, a member of the Chicago Society of Artists, a member of the American Art Association of Paris, and a member of the National Arts Club.

Parker exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts nine times during the 1899 to 1921 time period. He exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1900, 1902 (medal), and in 1913 when he was awarded a gold medal. He received a medal at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, and a gold medal at the International Exposition, Munich in 1905. He exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, 1907, the Chicago Society of Artists, 1908 (medal), the Art Institute of Chicago in 1909 (prize), the National Academy of Design, 1909 (prize), the Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1910-1919, the Brooklyn Art Association, 1912, and the Pan-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco in 1915. He exhibited at the Lyme Art Association in 1912 and in 1919 through 1923.

His work can be found at Chicago University, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Collection, France.

Parker lived in France until 1942. He then moved to Pasadena, California where he lived for the remainder of his life. He died in Pasadena in 1954.

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