NAVE, ROYSTON (1886–1931). Royston Nave, painter, was born in La Grange, Fayette County, Texas, on November 5, 1886, the son of Jack and Lou (Royston) Nave. He spent part of his boyhood in San Antonio and was painting in Fort Worth by 1910. In New York he studied art under Walt Kuhn, Lawton Parker, Irving Wiles, and Robert Henri. He subsequently painted landscapes and portraits in the western United States. After two years as an artillery officer in World War I he returned to New York to paint, and his works appeared in exhibitions with the Eclectics, a group of painters including Sidney Dickinson, Philip Hall, George Luks, and Eugene Higgins. His works were shown in the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York and in the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, where his portrait Norma received notice. Other showings included the St. Louis Museum, the International Show in Pittsburgh, and the Milch Galleries in New York. He was a member of the Salamagundi Club, one of the oldest art clubs in the United States. Nave was described as a rapid painter. His works include landscapes, seascapes, Texas wildflowers, still lifes, and portraits in oil, mostly in contemporary styles. He modeled a bronze head for his mother's grave in La Grange and painted a portrait of Mrs. Rebecca Jane Fisher, now in the collection of paintings in the Capitol in Austin. Nave died on February 26, 1931, in Harlingen and was buried in Victoria. In 1932 his widow, Mrs. Emma McFaddin McCan Nave, built in Victoria a Greek temple-type building designed by architects Atlee B. and Robert M. Ayres,qqv to house Nave's paintings. An early catalogue listed sixty-nine paintings in the Royston Nave Memorial building in Victoria.
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