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David Swing (1864-1945) studied art under his father and Thomas Lindsey, but began his career as a musician. He began to give violin concerts in 1884. He continued to play music in the orchestra of Theodore Thomas, the Pasadena Municipal Band, organizing and directing the Alhambra Municipal Band and Orchestra, and to play violin and cello in the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. From the start of his musical career until his move to Phoenix, David Swing worked with lithograph firms and as president of an engraving firm. In Phoenix, he eventually gave up his career as a musician to focus on painting desert life. Along with his Golden Gate International Exposition paintings, Swing also painted for Masonic temples, government hospitals and theaters. He continued painting until the end of his life.

David Swing Painting

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