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James Guilford Swinnerton
(1875-1974)


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"Desert Cottonwood"
c. 1930
Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches






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James Guilford Swinnerton was a painter, illustrator and cartoonist born in Eureka, California on November 13, 1875. Swinnerton was raised in Santa Clara and began his art studies at the San Francisco School of Design under Emil Carlsen. At 17 he was employed as a cartoonist for the San Francisco Examiner and then moved to New York City where he continued as a cartoonist for Hearst newspapers. He became nationally famous for such cartoons as Little Jimmy, Canyon Kiddies, and Little Tiger. Ill with tuberculosis in 1903, he moved to Palm Springs, California to recuperate. The desert restored his health and inspired him to become a landscape painter. His early works were often signed with a large reed S. His best works were produced in the 1920s. He maintained a home in Palo Alto while traveling throughout the Southwest painting desert scenes. He made frequent trips to the Navajo country and Swinnerton Arch in Monument Valley is named after him. Swinnerton died in Palm Springs on September 5, 1974.

Member: California Art Club; Bohemian Club (President 1929); Academy of Western Painters.

Exhibited: Stendahls, Los Angeles, 1920s; Bohemian Club, 1922;San Francisco Art Association, 1923; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.

Works Held: Gardena High School, (California).

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print