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Ranulph de Bayeux Bye was an artist, teacher, writer. He was born in Princeton, NJ in 1916 and made his home in Holicong, 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 also 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 Harrisburg, PA 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 with 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 devotes 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 father was a painter as well as a restorer.
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 is the author of
Painting Buildings in Watercolor (1994) and Ranulph Bye’s Bucks County (1997).
His subjects address urban and rural landscape scenes in the manner of the Bucks County artists. He moved to Bucks County in 1931 and Bye frequently painted with area artists Ben Solowey and Henry Rand.
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