The Cities of America, an Artist's Panorama

The Cities of America, an Artist's Panorama

The Cities of America, an Artist's Panorama

The Cities of America, an Artist's Panorama

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Pinckney Trapier lived for one purpose. That was to picture the cities of America. He felt deeply the strength, the vigor, and the varied beauty of American cities. He knew that anywhere in America one could see pictures of the cities of Europe. He also knew that nowhere in America nor in the rest of the world could one see a collection of pictures of representative American cities. His life was devoted to changing this, that men could see and know the great cities of America, even as they can those of other parts of the world.

From 1932 to his death in 1957, Pinckney Trapier, with a single- minded devotion that excluded all other work and interest, went from city to city painting what he saw and loved, that others might see and love. The result was several hundred pictures making clear and vivid the face of America as it was in her cities during the first half of this century.

Pinckney Trapier did not wish to exhibit his pictures nor to sell them. He wanted, rather, to publish them in book form that the greatest possible number of people could see them and so know his America. We are proud at St. Albans to help fulfill his wishes by publishing the book and, thus, share in the good works of our alumnus. We believe that the book will give to all who see it something of the love of America which burned so deeply in Pinckney Trapier.

CANON CHARLES MARTIN Headmaster . . .

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