Thanks to the hard work of Camilla Ayers, librarian at the Rockport Public Library, I’ve been able to identify Rockport’s “Swedish painter”. Camilla was able to track down this man’s daughter, Sonja Dahlgren Pryor. Mrs. Pryor tells us, via hand-written note and email, that her father’s name was Henrik Dahlgren! Henrik was born in Sweden. He convinced his wife to move to the United States in 1929. Mrs. Pryor tells us that he “worked in many capacities in the art field - everything from interior decorating to murals and painting in oils.” During the World War II era, Dahlgren worked on defense projects in Detroit, Michigan, including the Norton Bombsite, the B-29 bomber and other military projects … he illustrated many military booklets, mostly in water color and air brush. She goes on to say that Dahlgren and his wife moved to Rockport in 1970 where he lived until his death.
What amazing research! Tipping my hat again to the Camilla Ayers and her colleagues at the Rockport Public Library. Thanks so much for investing your valuable time in identifying these Rockport photographs.
From the original post, December 2011:
Who is this man? He’s described as a “Swedish painter now living in Rockport”. The photo is dated February 1973. Help me identify the Swedish Painter of Rockport, Mass.!