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Lewis A. Ramsey
(Bridgeport, Illinois, 1875 - 1941, Los Angeles, CA)
Lewis A. Ramsey was originally from Bridgeport, Illinois, but came to Utah with his family in 1887. Settling in Payson, Utah, young Ramsey had lessons with John Hafen. In 1892, he looked for portrait commissions in Provo. Leaving the same year for study at the Art Institute of Chicago and then training in Boston and New York as well, Ramsey not only took lessons with Douglas Volk, a pupil of the famed John Singer Sargent, but also worked as both a calligrapher and as a "spot-knocker" on photo-negatives before departing later for Europe. Back home in Utah, he found time for sketching trips to scenic locales and the submission of some pastel drawings and a crayon portrait to the 1894 Territorial Fair. In 1898, he was able to purchase the John B. Fairbanks photo studio and gallery in Provo. Finally, he went to Paris to pursue training at the Académie Julian, and traveled also to Berlin, Vienna, and Rome before going home to Utah in 1903. Ramsey eventually taught at LDS Church commissions back home; spent eighteen months in Hawaii (1916-18) doing murals for the Mormon temple there; painted more landscapes and portraits in Utah from 1918 to 1930; and finally found a new career of painting scenes and portraits in California.