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Hugh H. Campbell
(American, c. 1905-c. 1995)
Mount Holly, New Jersey
Oil on canvas, 25 × 30 inches
Signed at lower right: "H. Campbell"

RS 3775


Hugh H. Campbell was born in Hutchinson, Kansas. His family moved to Camden, New Jersey when he was ten and he graduated from Camden High School in 1923. He moved to Mount Holly in neighboring Burlington County, New Jersey, around 1930 and became a virtual hermit, living in an unheated shack in the forest by the Rancocas Creek. He occupied his time by writing poetry and painting Impressionist landscapes of the local scenery, which he sold on the town square for ten to twenty-five dollars each. Apparently Campbell never had any formal art training and was completely self-taught: he claimed to have produced 1,000,000 free-hand circles and more than 130,000 action sketches of people and streets in order to train himself as an artist.



  


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