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R.C. Magill

Painter
Born 1881, Carversville, Pennsylvania
Died 1950, New Hope, Pennsylvania

Roscoe C. Magill was born in Carversville in 1881. He enjoyed painting as a student at the George School in Newtown, but chose to pursue a career in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1906, he returned to Bucks County and opened his medical practice in New Hope, counting a number of local artists as his patients and friends. Inspired by the Pennsylvania impressionism tradition, he studied painting with John Fulton Folinsbee, Edward Redfield, Kenneth Nunamaker, and Roy Nuse. His portrait of one of Nuse's daughters, Lucille, was exhibited in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition of 1930. Magill was a frequent exhibitor at the Phillips Mill Community Art Association. In addition to painting, he enjoyed handcrafting fine jewelry. He died in New Hope in 1950.

Image: R. C. Magill at the Bucks County Playhouse, 1941, Sunday Call-Chronicle, courtesy of The Spruance Collection of the Bucks County Historical Society


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