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Herbert Tornquist

Born 1897, Died 1969

Herbert Tornquist was a New Zealand-born artist who studied at Elam School of Art, under Claus Edward Fristrom and also at the Chicago Art Institute.

In addition to working as a commercial artist, he was a portrait photographer, whose work included the portraits of George Bernard Shaw, Anna Pavlova and Dame Sybil Thorndyke. Tornquist later retired from photography, and took up painting and writing about art full time.

Tornquist was often considered a modernist in his time working in the manner of the French impressionists.

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