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Greta Kempton papers, 1942-1975

Biographical Note

Greta Kempton (1903-1991) was a portrait painter active in New York City and Ohio. She is noted for her portraits of Harry S. Truman and his family.
Greta Kempton was born in Vienna, Austria in 1903. She came to the United States in the mid-1920s and studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. Focusing on portraits, Kempton's subjects included political figures in Washington, D.C., most notably Harry S. Truman, his wife Elizabeth (Bess) Truman, and members of President Truman's cabinet.
Kempton and her husband, businessman Ambrose McNamara, retired to Medina, Ohio, where she continued to paint portraits for local and national figures. She died in New York City in 1991.