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    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Orangequit, Stripe Headed Tanger, Saffron Finch, Bananaquit, Greater Antillean Bullfinch, Black-Faced Grassquit, Yellow-Faced Grassquit c. 1940
    • gouache and ink on paper: 16.5 x 11.5 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Common Stilt, Flamingo, Cattle Egret, Willet, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Snowy Plover, Thick Billed Plover c. 1940
    • gouache and ink on paper: 16.5 x 11.5 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • White Tailed Tropical Bird, Audubon's Shearwater, Brown Booby, Frigate Bird, Blue Faced Booby c. 1940
    • gouache and ink on paper: 16.5 x 11.5 inches
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    • Zenaida Dove, Black Cowled Oriole, Troupial, Great Lizard Cuckoo, Bahama Mockingbird, Ground Dove c. 1940
    • gouache and ink on paper: 21.5 x 14 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Black Swift, Turkey Vulture, Cave Swallow, Grackle, Pewee, Grey Kingbird, Ani c. 1940
    • gouache and ink on paper: 21.5 x 14 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Woodpecker, Parrots, Brown Thrasher, Mockingbird c. 1940
    • gouache and ink on paper: 21.5 x 14 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Brown Pelican, Laughing Gull, Common Terns, Royal Tern c. 1940
    • gouache and ink on paper: 21.5 x 14 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Green Throated Carib, Streamer-Tail, Puerto Rican Emerald, Tody, Purple Throated Carib, Jamaican Mango, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Bahama Woodstar c. 1940
    • gouache and ink on paper: 16.5 x 11.5 inches
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    • Bird Paintings
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Tiger c. 1950
    • oil on canvas: 10 x 8 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Pelican 1937
    • watercolor on paper: 16.75 x 22 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Great Blue Heron Family with Ducks c. 1948
    • watercolor on paper: 22.5 x 15.5 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Sea Lions 1937
    • watercolor and ink: 29.5 x 21 inches
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Bear Pair c. 1950
    • glazed ceramics: 10 x 9 x 6.25 inches each
    • Estate of Walter Addison
    • Penguin c. 1963
    • plaster, paint: 31.25 x 14.5 x 18 inches
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Estate of Walter Addison

American (1914-1982)

Walter Addison (1914-1982) was born in Spokane, Washington and moved to New York City in 1930 as a young, aspiring artist. Over the course of the next three decades, he established himself in the artistic and zoological worlds of New York and became recognized as an outstanding animal artist.

In the early 1930s Addison studied at the National Academy of Design and earned several prestigious fellowships in the arts: The Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture and the Tiffany Sculpture Fellowship. During the 1940s he worked as the lead artist at the Bronx Zoo, where he painted many famous murals decorating the animal houses. Addison proceeded to earn several public art commissions, such as a much-lauded mural at the Governor Clinton Hotel in New York, an invitation to exhibit animal sculptures in the General Motors building at the 1964 World’s Fair, and a mural for the New York City Aquarium in 1965. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Addison also created animal sculptures for the popular window displays of Macy’s and Lord & Taylor department stores in Manhattan.

Addison’s notable exhibitions in his lifetime include the American Watercolor Society (1937); Feragil Galleries, New York (1937); National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition (1938 & 1943); and America House (1945). *Dr. William G. Conway, the noted former Director of the New York Zoological Society, highly praised the artist’s work: “Addison’s art seems to capture the very essence of the animal soul – the intrinsic living, fructifying holy spirit captured by the ancient painters at the Lascaux Caves 30,000 years ago.”

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