Artist Biography

Geraldine BIRCH
1883 - 1972

Geraldine Rose Birch, a portraitist, muralist, and etcher, was born in Sussex, England on November 12, 1883. She studied at the Slade School of Art in London and with Georges Desvallieres and Prinet in Paris. About 1911 she wed mining engineer Galloway Duncan. She settled in Pasadena about 1919 and soon was a prominent member of the local art colony. In 1932 a fire destroyed her studio with most of her early works. She died in Pasadena on February 8, 1972. Member: California Printmakers Society; Pasadena Art Ass'n; American Federation of Arts. Exhibited: California Art Club, 1920; Pasadena Society of Artists, 1925; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1924; California State Fair, 1926; Provincial Exposition (Victoria BC), 1932 (award); Ainslie Gallery (Pasadena); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; New York World's Fair, 1939. Works held: Oakland Museum; Episcopal Church (Sierra Madre); California State Library; U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs); Fletcher Aircraft (Rosemead, CA); San Juan Capistrano Mission.

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