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James Daugherty, circa 1917

James Henry Daugherty (June 1, 1889 in Asheville, North Carolina – February 21, 1974, in Boston, Massachusetts) was an American modernist painter, muralist, children's book author and illustrator.


One of Daugherty's World War I posters for the US Shipping Board

He lived in Indiana, Ohio, and at the age of 9 he moved to Washington, D.C., where he studied at the Corcoran School of Art. Later, he went to London and studied under Frank Brangwyn. During World War I, he was commissioned to produce propaganda posters for various US Government agencies, including the United States Shipping Board.

Daugherty wrote and illustrated several children's books during his career, and his book Daniel Boone won the Newbery Medal. His book with Benjamin Elkin, Gillespie and the Guards, won the Caldecott Honor in 1957. He was also the author of Walt Whitman's America Selections and Drawings by James Daugherty.

Four huge murals by James Daugherty, entitled "The Spirit of Pageantry — Africa", "The Spirit of Drama — Europe", "The Spirit of Cinema — America", and "The Spirit of Fantasy — Asia" are located in the State Theatre which is part of the beautiful Playhouse Square theater district in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

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