Leon Rene Pescheret (1892 - 1971)

Birth date: 3/15/1892 Death date: 2/23/1971  
Birth location: Chiswick, England Death location: Tucson, AZ  
Media: Decorative Art , Graphic Art , Illustration Web site:
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Leon Rene Pescheret

Born 1892 in Chiswick, England

Died 1971 in Tucson, Arizona


Leon Rene Pescheret was born in Chiswick, England a suburb of London. Leon’s parents were both French, but moved to London, where his father was personal chef to Queen Victoria until she died. In 1910 he moved his family to Washington D.C. and became chef for the British Ambassador. As a student in London, Leon took an interest in drawing and design particularly in architecture. Working in a bank in London as a foreign correspondent gave him connections for his first job when his family moved to the United States. He worked in a bank in Louisville, Kentucky until he lost interest in banking as a career and moved to Chicago to work at Marshall Field’s. While in Chicago he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, taking night classes in art and architecture for three years. For the next five years he worked for Louis H. Vade as an architectural designer and draftsman.


Pescheret served in the American Army in World War I. After the war he returned to Chicago and worked as an interior designer and wrote the text book Principle and Practice of Interior Decorating. Pescheret designed the interior of the Memorial Union Building at UW-Madison. He also has work at Kenyon College Union Building, Gambier, Ohio; the British Museum; Peoria Country Club; the Library of Congress; Cabinet du Roi, Brussels; National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington D.C.; New York Public Library and the Art Institute of Chicago.  

From 1926 to 1933 his interests turned to etching. In 1933 after realizing the general public’s demand for color etchings, and there being no schools teaching the process of color etching in the United States, he returned to London to study with Malcolm Osborn & Roger Hebbelinck and at the Royal College of Engraving, Kensington, England. During his etching career he did presentation prints for the American Color Print Society, 1943; Buck Hills Art Association, 1947; Chicago Society of etchers, 1956 and Printmakers Society of California, 1958.

Although our sources list his residence in Whitewater, Wisconsin he was a member of many national art associations: Chicago Society of Etchers; Printmakers Society of California; American Color Print Society; Society of American Printmakers; Palette and Chisel Club of Chicago; Print Council of America and California Society of Etchers.  


Selected Group Exhibitions

1935                 Smithsonian Institute

Chicago Society of Etchers (prize winner)

1936 & 37       Southern Printmakers Society (prize winner both years)

1948 & 49       Buck Hills Art Association

195                 Chicago Galleries Association

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1935               Younker Brothers Tea Room Galleries


Author and Illustrator, Principle and Practice of Interior Decorating, an Introduction to Color Etching

1933    Illustrator, Chicago Welcomes You

1935        Illustrator, The Spirit of Vienna

Contributor of color etchings to American Artist and Arizona Highways Magazine

© 10/23/2007 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin                                                                     6/3/2010


Wisconsin Affiliations

Wisconsin Art Organizations

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