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226. Born in Chicago, Frederic Mizen became a noted western genre and landscape painter as well as illustrator, portraitist, and art teacher. From childhood, he had heard stories of the West from his father who was secretary to three generals active on the frontier. In Chicago, he attended the J. Francis Smith Academy of Art, studied there with Walter Ufer, and then enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago. He also studied at the Academy Julian in Paris. At age 20, he began an illustration assignment with Joseph P. Berren Studios for a Sears catalogue and continued commercial art, doing the first billboard ad for Coca Cola as well as numerous magazine covers including "Saturday Evening Post," the "American," and "Collier's." During the summers, he painted in the West, joining Walter Ufer in Taos, New Mexico, which was becoming an established art colony. After Mizen established his own art school in Chicago, he regularly took students to Taos in the summers. In 1936, he founded the Frederic Mizen Academy of Art in Chicago and did Indian studies and Southwest landscapes for the Santa Fe Railroad. Mizen died in 1964. These two images are owned by the Wilmette Historical Museum, Wilmette, Illinois.
           

Frederic Mizen "Navy Seaman"
H. 36" x W. 36" Before Treatment

Frederic Mizen "Navy Wac"
H. 36" x W. 36" Before Treatment

           

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After Treatment
           
           

           
227. The State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa has an extensive collection of portraits of past Governors. Two of the below images are part of this collection.
           

Carl Rawson "Gov. John Hammil"
H. 46" x W. 36" Before

Homer Henderson
"Dr. Robert Farquharson"
H. 35" x W. 44" Before

A. Philbrick "Gov. W. Harding"
1928     H. 48" x W. 36" Before
           

During Cleaning

During Cleaning

During Cleaning
           

After Treatment

After Treatment

After Treatment
           
The below images attest to the varied character of the museum's collection. The left oil painting is by George Simons (1834-1917). Born in Canada, he worked for the Santa Fe railroad for many years and later prospected in California. He painted extensively throughout the Central States. This painting records an accurate view of Civil War history. The right image is a unique piece of aviation history. The insignia is an original WWI "Hat in the Ring" emblem from one of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker's planes. The emblem was removed by one of the Squadron mechanics. Rickenbacker was the Captain of the 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron, American Expeditionary Forces, in France. He recorded 26 kills during his legendary career and was America's ace pilot. The "Hat in the Ring" design symbolized Uncle Sam throwing in with the allies against the central powers. The below Rickenbacker signed photo shows the design on the side of the plane.
           

George Simons
"Winter Quarters of the 29th Vol. at Little Rock"
1864    H. 15" x W. 28" Before Treatment

"Hat in the Ring" ca. 1917
H. 36" x W. 22" Before Treatment
           

During Cleaning

During Cleaning
           

After Treatment

After Treatment
           

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker
           
           


           
228. This oil is owned by Terrace Hill in Des Moines, Iowa. Benjamin Franklin Allen, Iowa's first millionaire, built Terrace Hill as his family home. Construction of this 18,000-square-foot home began in 1866 and was completed in 1869. The original cost of $250,000 included the Mansion, Carriage House, all of the furnishings, and approximately 30 acres of land. The house contained very modern features for its time, such as hot and cold running water, gas lights, a lift, and indoor restrooms. William Boyington, a popular Chicago architect of his time, designed Terrace Hill. One of his other works is the Water Tower in Chicago, which survived the great Chicago fire. Today, Terrace Hill is the official home of Iowa's governors.

 

"Portrait of Frederick Hubbell" 1875
H. 56" x W. 36" After Treatment

           
           


           
229. Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847-1919) is arguably one of America's most important landscape artists and yet he led a life that would not be envied. He was born in New York and at the young age of twenty-two he set out to cross America and paint the great West. He traveled across the Rockies and went all the way to California painting the western landscape, Indians and the great American wilderness. After three years, he returned to New York and offered his canvases for sale but the images, unfamiliar to the Eastern eye, were met with disdain. He had great troubles supporting his wife and family. He was always moving and always hoping for a monetary breakthrough. He spiraled into depression and was eventually found insane. At the end of his life he was living in a New York State asylum as his paintings were selling for up to $20,000.00. This work is owned by the Still National Osteopathic Museum in Kirksville, Missouri.

Ralph Albert Blakelock "Autumn Afternoon"
H. 6" x W. 8" Before Treatment
           

During Cleaning

After Treatment
           
           


           
230. The lower paintings are owned by the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Peter Bianchi was born in Kenosha in 1920. His early studies were carried out at the Mizen Academy of Art in Chicago, the Chicago Academy of Art and the American Academy of Art. While working on a project for National Geographic, on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Bianchi had the opportunity to experiment with scientific illustration. His work was so well received, he was invited to join the staff of the magazine and continued his work there for fourteen years. He collaborated with scientific specialists to illustrate Louis Leakey's great 1959 Tanzanian discovery of "Zinjanthropus." Peter Bianchi died in 2001.
           

Peter Bianchi "Kiva Scene"
H. 16" x W. 22" Before Treatment

Peter Bianchi "Weatherall Mesa"
H. 21" x W. 14" Before Treatment
           

During Cleaning

During Cleaning
           

After Treatment

After Treatment
           
           


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