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Watercolor by Seward Van Campen ’36
Leslie Seward Van Campen: A Retrospective (1940s-1990s)

A collection of artistic works by Leslie Seward Van Campen ’36 was on display in the Shelnutt Gallery in the Rensselaer Union as part of Reunion 2003. Van Campen, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Rensselaer, spent much of his career working as an architect for the Army Corps of Engineers, with stints in Central America, Italy, western Europe, India, China, Egypt, and more. While abroad, he took up painting with watercolors as a hobby, which turned into a lifelong habit.

A collection of Van Campen’s watercolors and pen-and-ink drawings was recently reproduced in a book, Leslie Seward Van Campen: A Retrospective (1940s-1990s), published by his niece, Lucia Dougherty.

Van Campen’s works capture scenes from his extensive travels. In Venice, he painted St. Mark’s Square, Burano Canal, and street scenes. In Greece, he captured scenes of harbors and fishing boats, buildings, and windmills. Many of his works are devoted to Capital Region scenes, including the Governor’s Mansion and Capitol in Albany and racing and polo events in Saratoga Springs.

Rensselaer Magazine: June 2003
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