Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
"Old Barn in Placerita Canyon"
By Walt Lee, 1965

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"Old Barn in Placerita Canyon, Near Newhall, Calif." (1965) by Walt Lee (1888-1980), a listed California artist who lived in Lancaster, Calif.

Oil on masonite, 16x20 inches (20½x24½ inches framed).

About the Artist.

A painter and cartoonist, Walt Lee was born March 21, 1888, on a ranch at what is now the corner of Lake and Colorado streets in Pasadena. Drawing since age 4, he studied the masters and well-known contemporary artists on his own. He then studied under Hanson Puthuff and Paul Lauritz. In his younger years, before enlisting in World War I, Lee had commissions for advertisement oil paintings of actors and actresses that were displayed outside the largest movie houses on Hollywood Boulevard. Each was framed and done in about four times life size. He later taught cartooning at the Chouinard Art School (1933-35) and was on the staff of Illustrated Daily News. He then headed the cartoon department at the Los Angeles Times until his retirement in 1954. Lee lived in Lancaster, Calif., where he taught painting and cartooning and was active in the local art scene. He died in 1980.

— Adapted from Edan Hughes: "Artists in California, 1786-1940."

LW3091: 9600 dpi jpeg from original painting purchased 2017 by Leon Worden.


Old Barn by Walt Lee 1965


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