Roi Partridge Biography

Born in Centralia in the Territory of Washington on October 14, 1888, Partridge (originally George Roy) moved to Seattle with his family at the age of four.  In 1909 the budding artist traveled to New York City for one year of art study at the NAD and then studied etching in Munich under Brockhoff.  For the next three years, he was in Paris where he supported himself as a printmaker, returning to Seattle in 1914.  After exhibiting 44 etchings at the PPIE in 1915, he decided to make California his home.

Partridge moved to San Francisco in 1917 and began teaching at Mills College in Oakland, where he became the first director of the college's art gallery, in 1920.  His 1915 marriage to photographer Imogen Cunningham ended in 1934; his second wife, Marian Lyman, died of cancer in 1940; his third wife for 43 years was May Ellen Fisher.

Partridge took a leave of absence from Mills College in 1946, continued etching until 1952, and retired in 1954.  The last years of his life were spent in Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA where he died on January 25, 1984 at age 95.  

Member: ANA, 1940, NA, 1946; Chicage Society of Etchers; California Society of Etchers; SFAA; Brooklyn Society of Etchers

Exhibited:  Societe des Artistes Francais and the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in France; Honolulu Academy of Art; Carnegie Inst.; AIC; de Young Museum; Library of Congress; MM; Smithsonian Institute; Toronto Art Gallery; MOMA, NY; LACMA; Oakland Museum.

Works Held: Oakland Museum; Carnegie Institute; Library of Congress; New York Public Library; NMAA; de Young Museum; SFMA; AIC; LACMA; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Toledo Museum of Art; CSL; San Diego Museum; Toronto Art Gallery; Honolulu Academy of Art; and many others.