FORSYTHE, Clyde

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FORSYTHE, (Victor) Clyde (1885-1962), western artist born in Orange, California to parents who had just moved from Tombstone, Arizona. Encouraged by his parents to pursue art, in 1904 he went to New York to the Art Students League. He entered the comic strip world prior to World War I. His most successful feature was the long-running Joe Jinks, which dealt successively with automobiles, aviation, and boxing. Forsythe drew a number of other strips, and for a time, shared a studio with Norman Rockwell. He was a friend of fellow artist, Jimmy Swinnerton. During World War I he did many war posters. In 1920 he and his wife, Cotta, left their successful life in New York and headed west, lured by desert life. In 1923, Forsythe and artist-friend, Frank Johnson, founded the Biltmore Gallery at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles to sell their work and that of their friends.

A March 8, 1948 Los Angeles Times article refers to his friendship with Ed Vail, and to his painting on Santa Rosa Island. Commented Ed Vail during the great drought of 1948: “We don’t want our friend, Clyde Forsythe, the artist, to be painting our cattle as just skin and bones.” No paintings are known.