Morris Hall Pancoast

(American, 1877 - 1963)

Morris Hall Pancoast, painter, illustrator, and cartoonist was born on 27 April 1877 in Salem, New Jersey. Pancoast worked early on for the Philadelphia Public ledger newspaper, where he was an assistant cashier and bookkeeper. Pancoast, wanting badly to be an artist and despising routine jobs, received a break of sorts in 1895 when he was encouraged in his desire to study art by an illustrator for the Philadelphia Public, Frederick R. Gruger. The aspiring artist took night classes at the Drexel Institute and attended the Pennsylvania Academy where he studied under Thomas Anshutz. In 1902, in a gutsy move, Pancoast withdrew his savings and went to Paris. There he studied for three years with Jean Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian and traveled Europe. After studying in Paris, he joined the art department of the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1905-07; then the North American as a cartoonist, 1907-19. Beginning in the early 1920s, he and his wife spent their summers in Rockport, Massachusetts where she ran their "Studio Gallery by the Sea." The Great Depression caused them to move frequently until they finally settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1945. Pancoast is best known for his Cape Ann landscapes.

  • Studied
  • Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, 1895 (night courses)
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1897-1900 with Thomas Anshutz
  • Academie Julian, Paris, 1902-1905, with Jean Paul Laurens
  • Member
  • Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts
  • Salmagundi Club
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia Art Association
  • Philadelphia Sketch Club
  • North Shore Art Association
  • Gloucester Society of Artists
  • Society of Independent Artists
  • References
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  • Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975
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  • Mallett, Mallett's Index of Artists: International - Biographical
  • Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, & Engravers
  • Pancoast, The Rejuvenation of Mama & Papa Goose
  • Love, Carl W. Peters: American Scene Painter from Rochester
  • Falk (ed.), The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, National Academy of Design, 1901-1950
  • Fresella-Lee, The American Paintings in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, 1876-1913, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Marlor, The Society of Independent Artists Exhibition Record 1917-1944
  • Neff (ed.), A Proud Heritage, Two Centuries of American Art
  • Walter and Lemos, Panama-Pacific Exposition: Catalogue of the Post-Exposition Exhibit
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Light, Air & Color: American Impressionist Paintings from the Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Exhibited
  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1911, 1927
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual, 1911-34 1924 gold medal)
  • Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1910-30 (6 times)
  • Society of Independent Artists, 1920
  • National Academy of Design
  • Baltimore Charcoal Club
  • Golden Gate Exposition, 1939
  • Gloucester Society of Artists
  • Rockport Art Association
  • Concord Public Library, 1950 (solo)
  • Philadelphia Sketch Club
  • Allied Artists of America
  • Norfolk Art Museum
  • Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915
  • North Shore Art Association
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Work
  • Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Reading Museum of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania
  • Municipal Art League, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • The J. B. Speed Art Museum, Kentucky
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • References Continued
  • Dunbier (ed.), The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005
  • Pyle, Art for the New Collector III, Re-Emerging Artists
  • Spanierman Gallery, Art for the New Collector 1840-2001
  • Falk, Dictionary of Signatures & Monograms
  • Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art: Artists Active Between 1898-1947
  • Zellman, 300 Years of American Art
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, 1914-1968, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts