Ranulph de Bayeux Bye was an artist, teacher, and writer. He was born in Princeton, NJ in 1916 and made his home in Holicong, Bucks County, PA. Since 1953, Bye has painted more than 4,000 watercolors and oils, most of which are in public and private collections. His works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Temple University, Moore College of Art and Design, the Reading Public Museum and William Penn Memorial Museum in and numerous other collections.
Bye is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and attended the Art Students League in New York City. Studying under Frank Dumond and William C. Palmer, Bye was elected to the American Watercolor Society in 1953 and became an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1975. Bye was merited full membership in the National Academy in 1994.
During World War II, Bye was assigned to an Air Corps medical outfit and worked in public relations. He did many drawings of servicemen. He lived in Bucks County, PA and taught at Moore College of Art and Design for 30 years. Bye devoted most of his time painting in and around his Bucks County, PA home. His own heritage in the area began with a land grant from William Penn to his family in the 18th Century.
Bye’s interest in preservation inspired him to write and illustrate two books: one on the vanishing railroad depot (1973) and another on Victorian architecture. He authored Painting Buildings in Watercolor (1994) and Ranulph Bye’s Bucks County (1997).
His subjects address rural and suburban landscape scenes in the manner of the Pennsylvania Impressionists. He moved to Bucks County in 1931 and Bye frequently painted with area artists Ben Solowey and Henry Rand among other members of the Bucks County artists circle.
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