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Leslie and Melicent Lee
Artist, Author and Friends of the Indian
A picnic honoring Maynard Dixon at the Lee's ranch near Dehesa in 1938 was attended by many members of San Diego's art community. Left to right: Thurston Field, Mrs. Wm. T. Johnson? (in hat), Mrs. Charles Reiggel?, Melicent Lee (foreground), Charles Reiffel (standing), Lela Titus, Blasa Quevedo (tending fire), Belle Baranceanu, Reginald Poland, Donal Hord, Maynard Dixon (foreground), Edith Hamlin, Eileen Jackson, William, Templeton Johnson (standing), Everett Gee Jackson, Margot Rocle, Aime B. Titus (foreground), and Leslie W. Lee. Photograph by Sherman Trease.
The Lees' travels into Mexico and Central America provided subject matter for Melicent's writing and Leslie's artwork such as this watercolor and gouach painting of a lush jungle. San Diego History Center, anonymous gift.
Leslie Lee presented this etching to his friends Ivan and Evelyn Messenger. It depicts the view from the Messengers' cottage, "Peter Pan," at Kentwood-in-the-Pines near Julian. The cottage was named by the etcher Henri de Kruif. San Diego History Center, gift of Ivan and Evelyn Messenger.
Black Pottery is typical of Leslie Lee's bold and colorful depictions of everyday life in Latin America. Writing of Lee's paintings, one critic commented on" . . .the clever use of cast shadows which the artist employs to get his delicious contrasts." San Diego Museum of Man, bequest of the artist.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS are from the San Diego History Center's Title Insurance and Trust Collection, and the Society's Collection of San Diego Artists.