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Kuhn, Waltlocked

(27 October 1877–13 July 1949)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Kuhn, Walt (27 October 1877–13 July 1949), painter, was born Walter Francis Kuhn in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Francis Kuhn and Amalia Hergenhan, who had emigrated from Bavaria in 1861 and established a food supply business. During Kuhn’s childhood his mother, the granddaughter of a Spanish diplomat, took him to the theater and also encouraged his interest in drawing and painting. He attended local schools but left high school in 1893 after selling a drawing to a magazine. He then enrolled at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and attended art classes there for several years. During the late 1890s Kuhn supported his artistic ambitions by working in a sporting goods store and running a bicycle shop. In 1899 he moved to San Francisco and became a cartoonist for a local newspaper, ...

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