Marc Simont (1915-2013)
Where: Cornwall Bridge and Town Street
When: 1939-1942, 1948-2013
Simont was born in Paris, France, and went on to study in Paris and New York. Simont was encouraged by his father, also an artist, to draw from a young age. Simont settled in New York at the age of 19, and set to work as an artist. It was there he met Francis Scott Bradford, and did some work with him painting murals before joining the army during World War II.
After the war, Simont resettled in Cornwall, a place he had lived during his time working with Bradford. Simont’s first book was published in 1939, and nearly 100 followed over the course of his career. Simont both wrote and illustrated six of these. In addition to illustrating books, Simont also submitted many political cartoons to the editorial page of the Lakeville Journal.
Though over the years Simont vacillated between full-time and part-time residency in Cornwall, he was continuously involved in Cornwall in a variety of ways. Simont died at his Cornwall home in 2013.
Image from the Collection of the Cornwall Historical Society