Leon Rene Pescheret Biography

Leon Rene Pescheret




An illustrator, watercolorist, etcher, and architect, Leon Pescheret was born in Chiswick, England in 1892. He began his studies at the Royal College of Engraving in Kensington under Malcolm Osborne, and the Battersea Polytechnic in London. He moved to the United States in the 1920s, attending the Art Institute of Chicago under Albert Fleury, and eventually opening a studio in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Pescheret also spent some time studying abroad, learning the art of one-plate color etching under the tutelage of Roger Hebbelnic in Belgium before returning to the States. At that time he was believed to be the only etcher in the United States using that method.

Pescheret authored several books including "An Introduction to Color Etching" and "Principle and Practice of Interior Decorating". He also illustrated "The Spirit of Vienna" and "Chiccago Welcomes You," as well as contributing works to American Artist and Arizona Highways magazines. Due to his extensive travels that took him from Europe to the continental U.S. to Hawaii, Pescheret's subject matter was broad, encompassing not only land- and city-scapes but nautical scenes, as well. His studies in architecture and design helped garner commissions as an interiror designer and decoartive artist for such places as the Drake Hotel in Chicago, The University of Wisconsin, the Peoria Country Club, and the Memorial Union Building in Chicago. His works are held in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States and the U.K., including the British Museum; the Cabinet du Roi and the Cabinet des Estampesin Brussels; the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress; and many more.

Pescheret was a member of the Society of American Engravers and also did interior designs including for the Memorial Union Building at the University of Wisconsin; the Peoria, Illinois Country Club; and the British Museum. He died in Arizona in 1971.