De Young, Harry Anthony (1893–1956)

By: Caroline Remy

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: June 16, 2020

Harry Anthony De Young, artist, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 5, 1893. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was an honor student, and at the University of Illinois under John W. Norton and Edward Lake. He served as a sergeant in the quartermaster corps in World War I. For a time he taught at the Academy of Art in Chicago and was the director of the Midwest Summer School of Art at Paw Paw Lake, Michigan. He also taught at Bailey's Harbor (Wisconsin) School of Art and was director of the Glen Wood School of Landscape Painting in Illinois. In Texas the artist founded and directed the De Young Painting Camp in the Davis Mountains. Recognition of his work in 1925 won him the Fine Arts Building Purchase Prize of $500 at the Art Institute of Chicago and honorable mention in landscape painting at the American Artists Exhibition of Chicago. In 1927 he received honorable mention at the Chicago Galleries Association. In the Edgar B. Davis Competitive Exhibition in San Antonio in 1928 he won the member prize of $200. A mural representing the Basket Maker Indians of West Texas, painted as a Public Works Administration project, is owned by the Witte Museum, San Antonio. Cinchin' Up is part of the San Antonio Art League collection. Among other pictures of Texas subjects are De Young's portraits of David Crockett and James Bonham, which hang in the Alamo. Some of his other works are in the Chicago and Gary, Indiana, public schools, in Fort Davis, Texas, and in Brackenridge High School, in San Antonio. In 1942, at the height of his career, De Young suffered paralysis of his right side. He died in Waco on January 9, 1956, and was survived by his wife and daughter.

Mantle Fielding, Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers (New York: Struck, 1945; rev. ed., ed. Glenn B. Opitz, Poughkeepsie: Apollo, 1983). Esse Forrester-O'Brien, Art and Artists of Texas (Dallas: Tardy, 1935). Who's Who in American Art, 1956–57. Witte Museum Files, San Antonio.


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  • Visual Arts
  • Painting

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Caroline Remy, “De Young, Harry Anthony,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 25, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 16, 2020