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Rupert Scott Lovejoy papers, 1904-1979

Biographical Note

Portland, Maine, dentist and painter Rupert Scott Lovejoy (1885-1975), learned from impressionist painter Walter Griffin and was known for his landscapes in oil and watercolor.
As a boy, Lovejoy's interest in art was encouraged by his mother, and he continued to pursue painting in evening classes at the Portland Art School after graduating from Tufts University Dental School in 1909, and setting up a dental practice in Portland.
While receiving dental treatment from Lovejoy in 1915, artist Walter Griffin noticed Lovejoy's artwork displayed on the walls of his office. Griffin took an interest in Lovejoy's evident talent and encouraged Lovejoy to accompany him on painting trips in Maine and to his home in Stroudwater. Lovejoy subsequently observed and learned from Griffin while simultaneously developing his own style. Eventually devoting himself to painting full time, Lovejoy had considerable success with his impressionistic watercolors and oils. His work was exhibited regularly in Maine, as well as at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Bowdoin College, and other museums, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Colby College Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and The Hunter Museum of Art.