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| Chronology of Horace Pippin's Life and Work | Isabel Profread

1888- Horace Pippin was born at West Chester, Pennsylvania

1891- His family moved to Goshen, New York.

1895- At seven Pippin began drawing his first pictures with pencil and crayon at the segregated, one-room school house he attended.

1898- Answered a magazine advertisement and received "a box of crayon pencils of six different colors. Also a box of cold water paint and two brushes....I got a yard of muslin, and cut it into six pieces, then fringed the edge of each making a doily out of them. On each I drew a biblical picture...."1

1902- The first attempt at portraiture pleased the sitter, Mr. Gavin, Pippin's employer, who offered him art instruction. The lessons never materialized as Pippin had to attend to his sick mother.

1903- Left school to work as a porter for seven years at the St. Elmo Hotel in Goshen to support his mother.

1911- Mother died.

1912- Moved to Paterson, New Jersey, and worked at the Fidelity Storage House crating pictures [[strikethrough]] on moving vans. [[/strikethrough]]

1916- Became an iron molder at the American Brakeshoe Company.

1917- Enlisted in the Army. Trained as an infantryman and sent to France.

1918- Badly wounded, returned to the United States, with a diary containing pencil and crayon illustrations of the war, which survives as his earliest work.

1919- "I was discharged...My right arm was bound to me. I could not use it for anything." 2

Awarded the French Croix de Guerre.

1920- Married Jennie Ora Featherstone Wade, a widow with a son. Returned to West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she took in laundry and he delivered it, to supplement his disability pension. 

1925- In spite of his stiff, crippled right arm, Pippin began to experiment with burnt wood panels. With his right hand he balanced a "white hot poker" on his knee, and with his left hand maneuvered a wood panel against the smoking tip of the iron.3 By this method he could depict any object or scene.
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