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Randall Vernon Davey

(1887 - 1979)

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Biography

Randall Davey was born May 24, 1887 in East Orange, New Jersey. He entered Cornell University in 1905 to study architecture and drawing and in 1908 studied painting with Robert Henri in New York City and with others in Holland, France and Spain. His teaching career included positions at the Chicago Art Institute, Kansas City Art Institute, Broadmoor Art Academy (Colorado Springs) and the University of New Mexico. He came to Santa Fe with John Sloan in 1919 and became a resident in 1920 until his death in 1964. His Santa Fe home now houses the Audubon Society and is open to the public. He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1938 and named an Honorary Fellow in Fine Arts by the School of American Research, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe in 1957. He is well remembered for his paintings of polo ponies and as part of the Works Project Administration, he created a polo mural that currently hangs in the Santa Fe National Guard Military Museum. This mural was originally planned to hang at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell but never left Santa Fe. He had numerous works in both public and private collections. Davey was married twice; his second wife was Bell Holt.