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Dunn, Harvey Thomas

David Meschutt

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Dunn, Harvey Thomas (07 March 1884–29 October 1952), artist, was born in Dakota Territory (near present-day Manchester, South Dakota), the son of William Thomas Dunn and Bersha Dow, farmers. He grew up on the family farm, where he displayed an early aptitude for drawing. He later recalled that he and his mother often sketched together in the evening after the chores were done. In 1901 he enrolled as a preparatory student at South Dakota Agricultural College (later South Dakota State University) in Brookings, where he took an art class taught by Ada Caldwell. “She opened new vistas for me,” recalled Dunn (Karolevitz, p. 21); she also encouraged him to apply to her alma mater, the Art Institute of Chicago. He attended the institute from 1902 to 1904, working as a custodian to help pay his tuition. In 1904 Dunn met ...

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