Leon Pescheret Collection
Leon R. Pescheret Biography
Leon R. Pescheret was born of French parents in London, England on March 15, 1892. He came to the United States in 1910 and studied interior design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Entering into the interior design business around 1919, he supervised decorating contracts in the midwest including the Memorial Union and Elizabeth Waters Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus.
In 1926 he began designing and making etchings, and devoted his business to etching full-time in 1930. While exhibiting at the Century of Progress in 1933, he became interested in color etchings. To study this craft, he returned to Europe and became the private pupil of Roger Hebbelinck, a famous color etcher, and gained practical knowledge in doing one and multiple plate work. He also studied at the Royal College of Engraving, London, England.
In 1936, he puchased the Halverson home on 519 West Main Street, Whitewater, Wisconsin and opened a studio. For the next 31 years he produced both color and monochrome etchings earning national and international awards. Leon Pescheret closed the studio in 1967, relocating to Tucson, Arizona, where he died on February 23, 1971.
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