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Two original works by Charles Baskerville. Sleepy Leopard, Kenya shows a leopard nearly falling asleep in a tree. Palm Beach Pool House Mural for Mrs. Mellon Bruce features lush tropical setting with palms and flowering trees with toucans and parrots perched on branches, and a leopard on a fallen tree. Ailsa Mellon Bruce (1901-1969), daughter of Andrew Mellon, was a philanthropist and prominent in Washington D.C. society.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Charles Baskerville lived with his family in Chapel Hill until their move to NY in 1904. He graduated from Cornell University and attended classes at the Art Students' League, New York, and the Academie Julien, Paris. His artistic endeavors were interrupted by service in both World Wars. As an infantry lieutenant in World War I, he received several honors including the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Victory Medal. During World War II he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as Official Portrait Painter of the Army Air Force and was awarded the Legion of Merit. The 72 portraits of generals and war heroes he painted are on permanent display at the Pentagon.
After his service he traveled extensively around the world, producing portraits of prominent world leaders such as the King of Nepal and Prime Minister Nehru of India. He also painted a number of prominent individuals including Ambassador Winthrop W. Aldrich, Ambassador Stanton Griffis, Helen Hayes, the Duchess of Windsor, Colonel Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst and Mr. and Mrs. A. Felix du Pont.
Marjorie Merriweather Post built the ballroom of her Palm Beach home, Mar-A-Lago, around his mural, The Sultan of Morocco on a Stallion, which she later donated to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. His work was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He had 12 one-man exhibitions in New York and retrospectives at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton and the Palm Beach Galleries. Many of his paintings and sketchbooks are in the collection of Cornell University.