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Harold Harrington Betts

(1881 - 1951)

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Biography

Harold Harrington Betts was born in New York City in 1881. He lived in Chicago, Illinois, and Muskegon, Michigan. He was a painter and illustrator and studied under his father, Edwin Daniel Betts Sr. Betts exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago for many years between 1897 and 1931. He additionally exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1912 and 1927, and at the Hackley Gallery, Muskegon, Michigan, 1929. He specialized in painting the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas in Arizona, including the Pueblo Indians and their villages. Betts is listed among the traders and visiting artists at the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona. His visits were recorded in 1908 and 1909, and he returned for many visits for several years after.

Titles of paintings listed in the Smithsonian's inventory indicate he worked at the Rio Grande Pueblos from Taos to Santa Domingo; in Colorado Springs, Colorado; at the Grand Canyon, on the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and in Southern California. Most of these paintings are in the Santa Fe Railway collection.