DeCamp, Ralph Earl, 1858-1936


DeCamp, Ralph Earl, 1858-1936

Biographical Text

Ralph Earl DeCamp was born in Attica, New York, and grew up in Minnesota. At the age of twenty-seven he spent the summer of 1885 in Yellowstone National Park producing paintings at the behest of the Northern Pacific Railway. Shortly thereafter he moved to Helena where he began working for the United States Surveyor General's Office. While in Helena he met Charles M. Russell and the two became lifelong friends. Russell admired his mastery as a landscape painter, one time remarking, "that boy can sure paint the wettest water of anybody I know. You can hear his rivers ripple." After his wife Margaret passed away unexpectedly in November 1934, DeCamp relocated to Chicago where he died there two years later.

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Attica, New York

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