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Name Lochrie, Elizabeth (1890-1981)
Other Names Elizabeth Tangye Davey
Dates & Places of Birth and Death b. 1890 Deer Lodge, Montana
d. 1981 Ojai, CA
Occupation Elizabeth taught art classes to local children, drew cartoons for the newspaper, and painted murals for public buildings. She is most famous, however, for her portraits of American Indians. She painted many of these portraits in Glacier National Park.
Notes She was born Elizabeth Davey in 1890 in Deer Lodge. Her father was an engineer and her mother a dietician. Elizabeth was a tomboy who liked to play baseball and rider her horse, Babe. What she loved most of all though was drawing.

Many Blackfeet and Cree Indians lived in the Deer Lodge Valley when Elizabeth was younf. Her family became good friends with many of their Indian neighbors. Frank Davey, Elizabeth's father, hired Cree craftsmen to make furniture for their home.
Places of Residence She first traveled to Glacier in 1931. There, she and her husband met and befriended Gypsy and George Bull Child. George and his wife worked as models for artists visiting the park. George Bull Child was also an artist. For three summers, Elizabeth lived in Glacier and studied portrait painting. She made friends with many of the Blackfeet Indians there and learned to speak Blackfeet and use sign language. Elizabeth was even adopted into the Blackfeet tribe. For many years, she returned to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park to paint.

Elizabeth continued to paint until her death in 1981. You can see her paintings at the Charles Clark Art Chateau in Butte and in other museums across the United States.

She continued to live in Bute until a few years before her death - she moved to Ojai, California to be near her daughter, and died there in 1981.
Role Artist
Titles & Honors Mrs. Lochrie's art career spans from the 1920s to 1950s. Her patrons included the U.S. Treasury Department, the State of Montana, the Ford Motor Company, New York LIfe Insurance Company, and the First National Bank of Seattle. During 1924-1925 she painted eighteen children's murals for the Montana State Hospital at Galen, Motnana. After 1931 she specialized in Native American portraits, particularly of Blackfoot tribal memebers. Having produced more than a thousand watercolors, oils, murals, and sculptures. In 1937 she won the Treasury Department's competition to paint a mural for the new Dillon post office with "News from the States" depicting the arrival of mail to that community in 1869. From 1937 to 1939 Lochrie also painted historic murals in the post offices in Burley and Saint Anthony, Idaho. She studied with Wienold Reisse at Glacier National Park and from 1936 to 1939 she was staff artist for the Great Northern Railroad in Glacier National Park. Her artistic honors also include arts shows in New York City and at the prestigious Whitney Museum in Wyoming.
Education After returning home in 1911 she met and married Arthur Lochrie, a banker who had just moved to Deer Lodge.

By 1928, as Arthur's career expanded, the Lochries moved to Helena and Spokane, and eventually (1931) to Butte where Arthur was president fo the Miners Bank. Their Butte home at 1102 West Granite Street still stands. It formed their househould, Elizabeth's studio, and an exhibition gallery for her increasingly well-respected work.

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