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Paul Cadmus (American, 1904-1999)

A native of New York City, Paul Cadmus grew up on the Upper West Side, near Amsterdam Avenue and 103rd Street.
Both parents were artistically gifted: his father was an commercial lithographer who created advertising images, and his mother had illustrated children's books, but the family, which included Cadmus's younger sister, Fidelma, was quite poor.
He told Judd Tully in an interview conducted for the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art that their apartment building was "a horrible tenement. We lived with lots of bedbugs and cockroaches".
He also suffered from childhood rickets, a condition brought on by vitamin deficiency.