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Name Beauchamp, John W. "Jack" (1906-1957)
Dates & Places of Birth and Death b. 1905 in Marion, Indiana
Notes In 1940 he completed a series of murals depicting Early Montana Historica Scenes on the walls of the Mint Saloon in Helena, Montana. After leaving Helena, Beauchamp joined his brother, D. D. Beauchamp, a Hollywood movie writer, and for a time was associated with the production of a mayor western, painting preliminary scenes for the picture. On October 10, 1948, a large 30 by 40-inch canvas by Beauchamp, depicting Los Angeles harbor and the 30-square miles of metropolitan area, was presented to Mayor Fletcher Bowron in honor of his 10th anniversary in office. The painting was later used in the 1948 annual report published by the board of harbor commissioners according to Clancy Dayhoff, another former Helena resident.
Relationships He was married to the former Mary Ellen Vorse of Provincetown in 1932.
Role Artist
Titles & Honors He won two competitions conducted by the U.S. Treasury Department for post office murals in Muncy, Pennsylvannia, and Millinckett, Main. He was the youngest painter to win the Beck Medal for the best portrait in America - it was a near life-size oil portrait of a duck hunter, which was painted in 1935 when he maintained a studio in the Empson block. He later established a print-of-the-month club of his lithographs, which were added to private collections throughout the northwest.
Education He received his early education in Fort Benton, Montana, before moving to Helena, Montana. He was a graduate from Helena High School in 1924 and attended DePaul University in Indiana between 1930 and 1934.

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