Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Camouflage Artist | Edgar Walter

Edgar Walter, Beauty and the Beast (n.d.)
Above A sculpture titled Beauty and the Beast (n.d.) by San Francisco artist Edgar (Melville) Walter (1877-1938), who also played a prominent role in World War I ship camouflage, as noted in the brief news article below.


From "Sculptor Named Chief District Camoufleur" in San Francisco Chronicle, May 22, 1918, p. 6—

Edgar Walter, sculptor, has returned from a trip to New York, where he was called by the US Shipping Board. He has been appointed chief camoufleur for the Seventh District, which embraces California and a portion of Southern Oregon, and will direct the work of camouflage in the emergency fleet of the Shipping Board.