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Herbert Morton Stoops
Date: American painter, 1888–1948
Biography: Born Logan, Utah he moved as a child to an Idaho ranch, with Native American people nearby. Took art courses at Utah State College. By 1910 was staff artist for San Francisco Chronicle, and later for San Francisco Examiner. In 1914, moved to Chicago, where studied at the Art Institute while a staff artist for Chicago Tribune.
Early illustrations in literary pulp magazine Blue Book. Served in US Army in WWI in combat but also created sketches published in 1924 as Inked Memories of 1918. After WWI moved to NYC, and studied with Harvey Dunn. By early 1920s, worked consistently for Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and The American Legion Magazine. Created WWII posters for US government.

Stoops grew up in Utah and Idaho during the twilight of the Old West, among ranchers, miners, cowboys and Native American peoples. After art classes at Utah State College, he became a staff artist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and later for the Chicago Tribune. Stoops favored action

In 1914, Stoops moved to Chicago, where he took classes at the Art Institute while working as a staff artist for the Chicago Tribune. He was beginning to make a name for himself as a newspaper illustrator, and was also starting to do black-and-white drawings, page decorations, and story headings for Blue Book, the literary pulp magazine with which he would be identified for the rest of his life.

But by this time the world was at war, so the budding artist enlisted in the Army, serving in France as First Lieutenant in the Sixth Field Artillery of the First Division. Stoops sent drawings from his sketchbook back to the home front. A compilation of his wartime sketches, Inked Memories of 1918, was published in 1924.

After the war, Stoops moved to New York City and married Elise Borough. Under the tutelage of Harvey Dunn, Stoops applied his early experiences to canvas and paper, becoming one of the most sought-after illustrators of his day. By the early '20s, oils by Stoops were featured in Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping alongside the works of illustration giants. He began painting covers for The American Legion Magazine, a publication for which he would work constantly in the years to come.

Stoops had been a contributing artist to the pages of Blue Book previous to World War I, but editor Donald Kendicott soon took notice and assigned him a cover. In 1935 he commissioned Herbert to paint all of Blue Book's monthly covers. Their creative collaboration would last until the artist's death.

In 1940 Stoops received the Isidor Medal from the National Academy for his work, Anno Domini, which depicted the ravages of war on refugees. During World War II he did several posters for the office of War Information.

Stoops was working on a series of monthly covers for Blue Book when, on May 19, 1948, after a period of failing health, he died at his art studio residence on Barrow Street in Greenwich Village. He was only 60 years old but he had left a legacy of thousands of unforgettable images that had delighted the American public.