Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954

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American painter and illustrator.

From the description of Photographs, [ca. 1930-1940] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155486635

Painter, illustrator, etcher; New York, N.Y.

From the description of Reginald Marsh printed material, 1915-1916. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84389391

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) was a painter, illustrator, and etcher from New York, N.Y.

Marsh was a lifelong free-lance illustrator for the New Yorker, Esquire, and many other national magazines. Best known for his scenes of vaudeville, night clubs, burlesque, and New York City. After his divorce from sculptor Betty Burroughs in 1933, he married painter Felicia Meyer in 1934.

From the description of Reginald Marsh papers, 1897-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84400974

Reginald Marsh was born in Paris on March 14, 1898. His father, Fred Dana Marsh, was a well-known muralist, and his mother, Alice Randall Marsh, was also an artist who painted miniature watercolors. Marsh returned with his family to the United States in 1900 and grew up in Nutley, New Jersey.

After graduating from Yale University in 1920, Marsh moved to New York, where he worked as an illustrator for the New York Evening Post and Herald, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar . Beginning in 1922, he worked as staff artist at the New York Daily News doing a cartoon review of vaudeville and burlesque. During the 1920s, he designed theater curtains for the Greenwich Village Follies and other theater productions, and became one of the original cartoonists at The New Yorker after it was founded in 1925, actively working for the magazine until 1931 and regularly contributing drawings from time to time after that.

In 1923, Marsh married Betty Burroughs, who was the daughter of the curator of painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and herself a sculptor. They divorced in 1933, and he married his second wife, Felicia Meyer, a landscape painter, in 1934.

In the early 1920s, Marsh began to study painting and attended classes taught by John Sloan and Kenneth Hayes Miller, among others, at the Art Students League in New York. He made several trips to Europe, once in 1925-1926 and again in 1928, to study the old masters in the museums. In 1929, he began to paint in egg tempera. He also worked in watercolor, painting several large compositions in 1939-1940. In the 1940s, he studied the "Maroger medium" with Jacques Maroger and began to use this emulsion technique in his paintings. In addition to painting, he also worked in lithography, etching, and engraving.

Marsh had his first one-man show of oils and watercolors at the Whitney Studio Club in 1924 and another show of lithographs there in 1928. He had one-man shows of his watercolors at the Valentine Dudensing Galleries in 1927, the Weyhe Gallery in 1928, and the Marie Sterner Galleries in 1929. In 1930, he had his first show of paintings at the Rehn Galleries, where he regularly exhibited for the next two decades.

In 1935 and 1937 respectively, Marsh was commissioned by the Treasury Department Art Program to paint two murals in the Post Office Department Building in Washington, D.C. and a series of murals in the rotunda of the Customs House in New York. Beginning in 1935, Marsh taught drawing and painting at the Art Students League. In the summer of 1946, he was guest instructor at Mills College, Oakland, California, for six weeks. In 1949, he was appointed head of the Department of Paintings at Moore Institute of Art, Science, and Industry, Philadelphia and taught advanced painting there in 1953-1954.

Beginning in the mid-1930s, some of Marsh's art work began to be reproduced on greeting cards issued by the American Artists Group and Living American Art, Inc. He also did illustrations for editions of Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie (1938), John Dos Passos's USA (1945) and Adventures of a Young Man (1946), and Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper (1946), among others. He continued to do freelance illustrations for magazines, including Esquire, Fortune, and Life . Notably, he served as an artist correspondent for Life during the Second World War, and traveled to Brazil in 1943 to draw the army installations there.

Marsh was the recipient of various awards throughout his career, including the M. V. Kohnstamm Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1931, the First W. A. Clark Prize and Corcoran Gold Medal from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in 1945, and the Gold Medal for Graphic Arts of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1954.

Marsh died of a heart attack in Dorset, Vermont on July 3, 1954.

This biographical note draws heavily from information originally printed in the catalogue of the Reginald Marsh Retrospective Exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum in 1955.

From the guide to the Reginald Marsh papers, 1897-1955, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969 (bulk 1919-1968) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Marsh, Felicia Meyer, 1912 or 3-1978. Felicia Meyer Marsh and Meyer family papers, [ca.1880s]-1977. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sasowsky, Norman. Research material on Reginald Marsh, 1921-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Julius S. Held papers, ca. 1918-1999 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Gaw, William A., 1891-1973. Oral history interview with William A. Gaw, 1964 Mar. 6. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Biddle, George, 1885-. Oral history interview with George Biddle, 1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971. Carl Ruggles Papers, 1894-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978. Oral history interview with Katherine Schmidt, 1969 Dec. 8-15. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Oral history interview with Isabel Bishop, 1987 Nov. 12-Dec. 11. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978,. Oral history interview with Katherine Schmidt, 1969 Dec. 8-Dec. 15 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf DuMond, Frank Vincent, 1865-1951. Frank Vincent DuMond papers, 1866-1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Benton, William, 1900-1973. William Benton papers, 1940-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. Elizabeth S. Navas papers, 1939-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. Elizabeth S. Navas papers, 1939-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1919-1967. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Reginald Marsh papers, 1897-1955 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hopkins, Peter, 1911-1999. Peter Hopkins papers, 1885-1999. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Isabel Bishop interview, 1987 Nov. 12- Dec. 11. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 Apr. 15. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Philadelphia Museum of Art. Selections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Archives of American Art collection, 1866-1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Freeman, Don, 1908-1978,. Oral history interview with Don Freeman, 1965 June 4 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn M.A. McDonald (Firm). Reginald Marsh exhibition catalog, 1939. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf John Herron Art Institute. Wilbur D. Peat correspondence, 1929-1936. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Barnet, Will, 1911-. Will Barnet papers, 1938-2000. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Engle, Margaret D. Margaret D. Engle letters from artists, 1937-1943. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hopkins, Peter, 1911-1999. Peter Hopkins papers, 1885-1999. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf McCloy, William Ashby. William Ashby McCloy papers, 1926-1988. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954. Reginald Marsh printed material, 1915-1916. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Baigell, Matthew. Matthew Baigell papers, [ca. 1965-1985]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Oral history interview with Isabel Bishop, 1959 Apr. 15. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Robert Baral papers, 1876-1980 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Bassett, Norman, 1891-. Norman Bassett papers, 1936-1954. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954. Reginald Marsh papers, 1897-1955. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bishop, Isabel, 1902-. Isabel Bishop interview, 1987 Nov. 12- Dec. 11 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969. Louis Bouché papers, 1860-1997. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Harnett, Lila. Reginald Marsh photographs, circa 1940. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960. Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries. Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries records, 1858-1969, bulk 1919-1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, 1863-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-. Lloyd Goodrich papers, 1863-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970. Papers of Waldo Peirce, 1936 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Gaw, William A., 1891-1973. William A. Gaw interviews, 1964 Mar. 6. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954. Photographs, [ca. 1930-1940] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987. Lloyd Goodrich interviews, 1962-1963. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946. John Steuart Curry and Curry family papers, 1897-1994. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Woodhouse, Betty Burroughs, 1899-. Betty Bryson Woodhouse interviews, 1979 May 24. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Valente, Alfredo. Alfredo Valente papers, 1941-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Smith, Charles (Charles William), b. 1893. Papers of Charles William Smith 1910-1979. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Freeman, Don. Don Freeman interview, 1965 June 4 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf John Herron Art Institute. Wilbur D. Peat correspondence, 1929-1936. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. Henry Ernest Schnakenberg papers, 1905-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Guston, Philip, 1913-. Oral history interview with Philip Guston, 1965 Jan. 29. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Laning, Edward, 1906-1981. Edward Laning papers, 1880-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Smith, Jacob Getlar, 1898-1958. Jacob Getlar Smith papers, 1919-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf American Artists Group. American Artists Group records, 1934-1965. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bishop, Isabel, 1902-. Isabel Bishop interview, 1959 Apr. 15 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969. Louis Bouché papers, 1860-1997. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Woodhouse, Betty Burroughs, 1899-1988. Oral history interview with Betty Bryson Woodhouse, 1979 May 24. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Carl Ruggles Papers, 1894-1981 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. Isabel Bishop papers, 1914-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Saltsberg, Jerry. Louis Bouche, Reginald Marsh and William Zorach [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Marsh, Reginald : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
creatorOf Klonis, Stewart, 1901-1989. Stewart Klonis papers, 1886-1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1939. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971. Carl Ruggles Papers, 1894-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Reginald Marsh 1898-1954 biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Whitney Museum of American Art. Artists files, [ca. 1930]-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Chapin, James, 1887-1975. James Ormsby Chapin papers, 1926-1995. Delaware Art Museum
referencedIn Woodhouse, Betty Burroughs, 1899-. Oral history interview with Betty Bryson Woodhouse, 1979 May 24. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Whitney Museum of American Art. Whitney Museum of American Art artists' files and records, 1914-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Powell, Dawn. Dawn Powell Papers, 1910-1998. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991. Harper's Magazine records kept by managing editor Russell Lynes, 1946-1962. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Low, Sanford B. D. (Sanford Ballard Dole), 1905-1964. Sanford B.D. Low papers, 1931-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954. Reginald Marsh : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Charles Edward and Isabel Patterson Eaton Art Collection papers, 1920s-1990s. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Marsh, Reginald, 1898-1954 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Whitney Museum of American Art. Research materials and notes about Reginald Marsh used by Twyla Tharp for an unspecified and unfinished dance project, 1963-ongoing. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn American Federation of Arts. American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993 (bulk 1909-1969). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Pittman, Hobson Lafayette, 1899 or 1900-1972. Hobson Pittman papers, 1916-1990. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Wickey, Harry. Harry Wickey papers, 1918-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Artists Group. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Baigell, Matthew. person
associatedWith Baral, Robert person
associatedWith Barnet, Will, 1911- person
associatedWith Bassett, Norman, 1891- person
associatedWith Benton, William, 1900-1973. person
associatedWith Biddle, George, 1885- person
associatedWith Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988. person
associatedWith Bouché, Louis, 1896-1969. person
associatedWith Chapin, James, 1887-1975. person
associatedWith Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946. person
associatedWith Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. person
associatedWith DuMond, Frank Vincent, 1865-1951. person
associatedWith Engle, Margaret D. person
associatedWith Fleischman, Lawrence A. (Lawrence Arthur), 1925-1997. person
associatedWith Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries. corporateBody
associatedWith Freeman, Don. person
associatedWith Freeman, Don, 1908-1978, person
associatedWith Gaw, William A., 1891-1973. person
associatedWith Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987. person
associatedWith Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. person
associatedWith Guston, Philip, 1913- person
associatedWith Harnett, Lila. person
associatedWith Held, Julius Samuel, 1905- person
associatedWith Hopkins, Peter, 1911-1999. person
associatedWith John Herron Art Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Klonis, Stewart, 1901-1989. person
associatedWith Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953. person
associatedWith Laning, Edward, 1906-1981. person
associatedWith Low, Sanford B. D. (Sanford Ballard Dole), 1905-1964. person
associatedWith M.A. McDonald (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Marsh, Felicia Meyer, 1912 or 3-1978. person
associatedWith Marsh, Fred Dana, 1872-1961. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith McCloy, William Ashby. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Navas, Elizabeth S., 1885-1979. person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970. person
associatedWith Philadelphia Museum of Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Pittman, Hobson Lafayette, 1899 or 1900-1972. person
associatedWith Powell, Dawn. person
associatedWith Powys, Llewelyn, 1884-1939. person
associatedWith Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971. person
associatedWith Saltsberg, Jerry. person
associatedWith Sasowsky, Norman. person
associatedWith Schmidt, Katherine, 1898-1978. person
associatedWith Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest), 1892-1970. person
associatedWith Shubert, Katherine Schmidt, 1898-1978 person
associatedWith Smith, Charles (Charles William), b. 1893. person
associatedWith Smith, Jacob Getlar, 1898-1958. person
associatedWith Strater, Henry, 1896-1987. person
associatedWith Valente, Alfredo. person
associatedWith Watson, Forbes person
associatedWith Watson, Forbes, 1880-1960. person
associatedWith Whitney Museum of American Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Wickey, Harry. person
associatedWith Woodhouse, Betty Burroughs, 1899- person
associatedWith Woodhouse, Betty Burroughs, 1899-1988 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
New York (N.Y.)
Subject
Muralists--New York (State)--New York
Illustration of books--Periodicals
Painting, American
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Muralists
Etchers--New York (State)--New York
Etchers
Art, American
Labor and laboring classes
Painters--New York (State)--New York
Painters
Illustrators
Art--Philosophy
Painting
Beaches
Illustrators--New York (State)--New York
Painting--Technique
Occupation
Painter
Illustrator
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Birth 1898-03-14

Death 1954-07-03

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