Samuel Long House, Martinsville, Maine, August 16, 1977
watercolor
20'' x 27''
Bye, Ranulph DeBayeux
1916-2003

Ranulph DeBayeux Bye, an artist, teacher, and writer, was born in 1916 in Princeton, New Jersey.  In 1938, the artist graduated from Philadelphia College of Art, where he had studied under Henry C. Pitz.  He was also a student of Frank V. Dumond and William C. Palmer when he attended the Art Students League from 1939 to 1940 in New York. 

Over the years, Mr. Bye has captured the rich heritage of Bucks County with extraordinary sensitivity and skill.  His own heritage in the area began with a land grant from William Penn to his family and continues to this day. His heritage in art is similarly deep.  His father was a painter as well as an art historian and restorer.  Now retired from Moore College of Art, where he taught for 30 years, Bye devoted most of his time painting in and around his native Bucks County Pennsylvania home. The artist passed away in 2003.

In national shows, Bye has widely exhibited his watercolors of familiar scenes and landscapes of the Bucks County Area.  He exhibits regularly in the Annual Exhibitions of the National Academy of Design, the Salmagundi Club, the Allied Artists of America, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, and the American Watercolor Society, where he was awarded the Dolphin Fellowship after winning his fifth prize in the organization.

Since 1953 he has painted more than 4000 watercolors and oils, most of which are in private collections. His works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Temple University, Moore College of Art, the Reading Museum, the William Penn Memorial Museum in Harrisburg, the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, and the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

His interest in preservation has inspired him to write and illustrate five books.  The Vanishing Depot, a collection of early American railroad stations, first published in 1973 and reprinted for the third time in August 1994.  The Victorian Sketchbook describes nineteenth century architecture and was written in collaboration with his sister, art historian Margaret Bye Richie.  Ranulph Bye's Bucks County features a selection of 100 paintings by the artist. Mr. Bye's fourth book titled Painting Buildings in Watercolor was published by North Light in 1994, and most recently, Ranulph Bye's Collection of Old Fire Houses was published in 2000.

Bye's many awards include 41 Salmagundi Club prizes since 1958 including a Gold Medal, several Honorable Mentions from the Allied Artists, a President's Award from the National Arts Club in New York, a certificate of merit from the National Academy of Design and two First Prizes from the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Mr. Bye holds many memberships in art societies, including the American Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, the Allied Artists of America, the New Jersey Watercolor Society, the Salmagundi Club, and he is a full member of the National Academy of Design.