Granville Redmond

Granville Richard Seymour Redmond was born in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania on March 9, 1871 to a hearing family. He contracted Scarlet Fever at around 2½ to the age of 3; when he recovered, he was found to be deaf.

Granville attended the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley from 1879 to 1890 where his artistic talents were recognized and encouraged. There his teacher Theophilus d’Estrella taught him painting, drawing and pantomime.

While living in Los Angeles, he became friends with Charles Chaplin, who admired the natural expressiveness of a deaf person usingAmerican Sign Language. Chaplin asked Redmond to help him develop the techniques Chaplin later used in his silent films. Chaplin, impressed with Redmond’s skill, gave Redmond a studio on the movie lot, collected his paintings, and sponsored him in silent acting roles, including the sculptor in City Lights. Chaplin told a writer for The Silent Worker of a Redmond painting, “I could look at it for hours. It means so many things” and Chaplin’s famous The Dance of the Oceana Rolls was Redmond inspired.

During this time Redmond did not neglect his painting.

Reminds me of Liz’s awesome art.  (I believe she too studied pantomime).

Granville lived for awhile in Tiburon, CA:

What’s that, Tiburon Wikipedia page?  “See also Blackie The Horse“?  If you say so:

Blackie was a swaybacked horse who, for twenty-eight years, was a well-known fixture in Tiburon, California. He not only stood in the same spot in a pasture at the corner of Tiburon Boulevard and Trestle Glen Road, rarely moving, day after day, but he faced in the same direction, becoming the local mascot of several generations.

On October 1, 1938, Blackie made history by swimming across the San Francisco Bay from the Marin County side to San Francisco’s Crissy Field. He swam it in 23 minutes and 15 seconds, winning a $1,000 bet for his then owner, Shorty Roberts.


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