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Sketching the Skies: Penrose Vass Stout, Alabama’s WWI Artist-Aviator

Born in Montgomery in 1887, Stout practiced architecture in Florida and New York until enlisting in March 1917. A member of the 1st Pursuit Group, 27th Aero Squadron, he was shot down near Charny during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in September 1918. Stout received the Distinguished Service Cross for attacking a German artillery installation and battling five enemy pilots.
In 2014, Nathaniel Stout donated his grandfather’s sketchbook and letters to the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Exhibited for the first time during the centennial of World War I, this unparalleled collection features detailed sketches of military training, humorous aspects of camp life, the architecture of the French countryside, and Stout’s view from the cockpit. Together, they provide an honest, deeply personal glimpse of the wartime experience through Stout’s unique artistic perspective.

Presented in partnership by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Sponsored by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC and Aronov Realty.

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