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Peggy Bacon’s work is so lively and fun the images jump off the page. Perfect style for children’s books.
Bacon was born May 2, 1895 in Ridgefield, Connecticut to artists Charles Roswell Bacon and Elizabeth (née Chase). The eldest of three children, Bacon’s two younger brothers died in infancy leaving her an only child. Between the ages of nine and eleven, Bacon lived with her parents in Paris and Montreaux-sur-Mer, France. She had a close relationship with her parents and described her childhood as “delightful”. She was taught by tutors until the age of 14 when she attended Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey.
From 1915 to 1920, Bacon studied at the Art Students League in New York under George Bellows, John Sloan and Kenneth Hayes Miller. It was there that her parents had met and around 1916, that Bacon met her future husband painter Alexander Brook. In 1919, they left New York to study at the Art Students League summer school in Woodstock, where they were taught by Andrew Dasburg. They married in May 1920 and moved to London, England, where Peggy gave birth to their daughter Belinda.