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Harold von Schmidt

Born: May 19, 1893

Death: Jan 1, 1982

Birthplace: Alameda

Nationality: United States

Harold von Schmidt

Date of Birth : May 19, 1893
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1982
Birth Place : Alameda

Harold von Schmidt was an American illustrator who specialized in magazine interior illustrations. Born in Alameda, California in 1893, he was orphaned at the age of five. After a year in an orphanage, he went to live with his grandfather, who had been a forty-niner. As a youth von Schmidt worked as a cowhand and a construction worker. In 1920 and 1924 he was on the United States Olympic Rugby team. Although the United States team won the gold medal both years, von Schmidt did not play in the only game in 1920, and was sidelined by an injury in the final practice in 1924. Von Schmidt began his art studies at the California School of Arts and Crafts while he was still in high school. In 1924 he entered the Grand Central School of Art in New York City. He moved to the suburban community of New Rochelle which was a well-known artist colony and home to many of the top commercial illustrators of the day such as Frank and J. C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell. Also in residence were Al Parker, Mead Schaeffer and Dean Cornwell, who, along with Tom Lovell and N. C. Wyeth would become leaders in the field. He later married and moved to Westport, Connecticut.


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