Deserted Tuscarona by LeConte Stewart
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A Utah painter and designer who lived for ninety-nine years, LeConte Stewart was known for his landscape paintings, church murals, teaching, and work in print mediums including lithography and etching. It is believed that he completed about 7000 paintings, most of them oils but a few in pastel.
Stewart was born in Sevier County, Utah to Isaac and Anna Eva Helper Stewart, and in 1917, married Zipporah Layton in Hawaii.
As a young man, he lived in Richfield, Utah, and then moved briefly to Rexburg, Idaho to study at Ricks Academy. At age 20, he went to New York state to become a student at the Art Students League in Manhattan and the Woodstock Art School in Woodstock, New York. Among his teachers were Thomas Fogarty, Ernest Blumenschein and George Bridgman.
Stewart returned to Utah and taught at Ogden High School and the University of Utah, where from 1938 to1954, he was chair of the Art Department.
His work is in the collections of the Postmaster General's Office in Washington DC, the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Museum of Church History and Art, and Southern State Utah State College.