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LOCKWOOD DE FOREST (1850-1932), Rocky Maine Shore with Spotty Clouds, June 22, 1877

Pivotal, too, was Lockwood de Forest (1850–1932), a WASP prince from New York, acolyte of Frederic Church and Louis Comfort Tiffany, international traveler, painter, and pioneer of Orientalist design in America. He came to Santa Barbara in 1902 not because he fell from grace but because he liked the weather. De Forest, who was the treasurer of the National Academy of Design and whose brother was president of the Met, set a tone not of snob culture or imported New York culture but of good taste and love of quality. He helped the art museum get off the ground. His son was an esteemed Santa Barbara landscape designer.

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