Boyer, Ralph

Boyer, Ralph Ludwig (1879-1952)

Ralph Boyer was born in Camden, New Jersey on July 23, 1879. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where James Daugherty was a fellow student, and where Boyer met his future wife, Rebecca Hunt, who was also a student. He won the Cresson Scholarship for travel throughout Europe. When he returned Boyer took up portrait painting and in World War I served in a Marine Corp Camouflage Division stationed in ship building yards and ports. Showing skills as a leader, he was promoted to lead the Baltimore unit. In 1920 he married, and for a time the couple lived in New York City. They moved to Westport, Connecticut three years later. Boyer was elected a Fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy. By the Great Depression, he was known for his etchings, murals, and stained glass art as well as for his book and magazine illustrations. He worked for the Public Works of Art Project, a predecessor to the WPA Federal Arts Project. For the WPA, Boyer completed 180 works, most of them etchings, many of which were duplicates of the same subjects. He also did five plasticine sculptures. Not done under the WPA was a commission with Kerr Eby to paint murals for the Bridgeport Brass Company as an artist-in-industry. The company was so impressed with his portraits of workers and managers alike and murals of office and assembly line scenes that they gave Boyer a pension. He died in 1952.

Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; AskART; Who Was Who in American Art (1985), p. 70; Dorothy and John Tarrant, A Community of Artists; Westport-Weston, 1900-1985(1985), pp. 63-64.

Ralph L. Boyer

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Ralph Boyer:

Saw Mill-Holderness: etching
Saw Mill-Holderness: etching
Saw Mill-Holderness: etching
Saw Mill-Holderness: etching
Saw Mill-Holderness: etching
Connecticut Pasture: etching
Old Sugar Maple: etching
Old Sugar Maple: etching
Old Sugar Maple: etching
Old Sugar Maple: etching
Old Sugar Maple: etching
Old Sugar Maple: etching
Pemaquid Light: etching
Pemaquid Light: etching
Pemaquid Light: etching
Pemaquid Light: etching
Pemaquid Light: etching
Pemaquid Light: etching
Norwalk River #3: dry point
Norwalk River #3: dry point
Norwalk River #3: dry point
Norwalk River #3: dry point
Norwalk River #3: dry point
Boats: watercolor
American Literature: oil
Colonial Reconstruction: oil
Modern Periods: oil
Boats: etching
Early Spring: etching
Early Spring: etching
Early Spring: etching
Early Spring: etching
Early Spring: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Evening Fishing: etching
Evening Fishing: etching
Evening Fishing: etching
Evening Fishing: etching
Evening Fishing: etching
Willows, Center Harbor: etching
Willows, Center Harbor: etching
Willows, Center Harbor: etching
Willows, Center Harbor: etching
Willows, Center Harbor: etching
Pine Woods: etching
Pine Woods: etching
Bait Houses- Barnegat: etching
Bait Houses- Barnegat: etching
Bait Houses- Barnegat: etching
Bait Houses- Barnegat: etching
Bait Houses- Barnegat: etching
Bait Houses- Barnegat: etching
Portrait Study-Boy: etching
Portrait Study-Boy: etching
Portrait Study-Boy: etching
Portrait Study-Boy: etching
Portrait Study-Boy: etching
Portrait Study-Boy: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
Frost Mountain: oil
Bait Houses: oil
Mushroom: pencil
Barnyard Fryeburg Me.: crayon
Milk Room: crayon
Blue Hills: oil
Pine Trees: dry point
Early Spring: dry point
Evening Fishing: dry point
New Hampshire Hills: dry point
Portrait Study – Girl: dry point
Early Fishing: dry point
Portrait Study – Boy: dry point
Bait Houses: dry point
Salt Marshes: dry point
Norwalk River # 3: dry point
Trout Fishing, Saugatuck River: etching
Early Fishing: etching
Early Fishing: etching
Early Fishing: etching
Early Fishing: etching
Early Fishing: etching
Early Fishing: etching
Whittier Pine, Center Harbor N.H.: etching
Whittier Pine, Center Harbor N.H.: etching
Whittier Pine, Center Harbor N.H.: etching
Whittier Pine, Center Harbor N.H.: etching
Portrait Study- Girl: etching
Portrait Study- Girl: etching
Portrait Study- Girl: etching
Portrait Study- Girl: etching
Portrait Study- Girl: etching
Portrait Study- Girl: etching
Pine Woods: etching
Pine Woods: etching
Pine Woods: etching
Berkshire Hill: watercolor
Berkshire Hills #2: watercolor
Trout Fishing Saugatuck River: etching
Mud Flats: watercolor
Old Maple: oil
Buff and Blue: oil
Morton’s Mill: wolf pencil
Evening: wolf pencil
East Norwalk: wolf pencil
Butternut Tree: wolf pencil
2 Plates for I.A.D.: watercolor
Fish Sketch: wolf pencil
Portrait Groupe [sic]: oil
Willows-Center Harbor: dry point
Squam Lake: crayon
Saw Mill Holderness: dry point
Poplars, Center Harbor, N.H>: dry point
Swimming Hour, Sqam Lake: oil
Evolution of Heat (FERA): oil
Pageant of American Literature: oil
Connecticut Pasture: etching
At Dusk: etching
Low Tide: etching
Lobster Pots: etching
White Birches & Sumac: watercolor
Thorpe’s Barn: watercolor
Old Apple Tree: watercolor
Maple Tree: watercolor
Old Grist Mill: watercolor
Saugatuck Marsh: watercolor
Summer Cottages: watercolor
Reflections: watercolor
Boat Club: watercolor
Sunlight & Haze: watercolor
Old Lime Kiln: watercolor
Summer Sky: watercolor
Evening Fishing: etching
Evening Fishing: etching
Evening Fishing: etching
Evening Fishing: etching
Low Tide: etching
Willows Center Harbor: etching
Willows Center Harbor: etching
Willows Center Harbor: etching
Willows Center Harbor: etching
Saw Mill – Holderness: etching
Saw Mill – Holderness: etching
Saw Mill – Holderness: etching
Saw Mill – Holderness: etching
Saw Mill – Holderness: etching
Connecticut Pasture: etching
Baithouse-Barnegat: etching
Portrait Study- Boy: etching
Portrait Study- Boy: etching
Portrait Study- Boy: etching
Portrait Study- Boy: etching
Portrait Study- Boy: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
New Hampshire Hills: etching
Early Spring: etching
Early Spring: etching
Early Spring: etching
Early Spring: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
Salt Marshes: etching
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Boyer, Ralph