(Engraving above: Lot Cleaning, Los Angeles.)
Landacre was a dedicated naturalist, as well as a bit of a bohemian. He and his wife lived in a house, some describe it as a cabin, in a secluded area, Edendale, in the hills above Los Angeles. The Landacre's old home, now said to be boarded up, was declared a Cultural Historical Landmark in 2006. During the Landacre's time the area had become quite a bohemian arts scene, peopled by some of the time's well-known arts and literature luminaries....something akin to London's Bloomsbury I guess - though more peaceful, far from the madding crowd. Paul and Margaret Landacre remained in their rural idyll from 1932 until their deaths in 1963, she by cancer, he from complications following a suicide attempt four weeks later.
Landacre's 12 noon chart (his time of birth isn't known) doesn't reveal anything startlingly significant in relation to his artistic style - though the fact that Fixed Star Algol, thought by ancient astrologers to have unfortunate connotation, was close to Jupiter, and quite possibly the Moon too at the time he came into the world, could link to the serious health issues he had to deal with in his youth.
Venus, planet of the arts, is conjunct Mars (energy), and sextile Saturn (discipline) on one side and Neptune (creativity) on the other - possibly reflecting the more exacting elements of his chosen artistic genre, and his insistence on carrying through the whole process himself....a somewhat more rigorous process than simply wielding a paintbrush! There are some paragraphs from Landacre's own words on wood engraving technique HERE.
Unless born after 9:00 PM his natal Moon would have been in Taurus, ruled by Venus - which seems likely, a later birthtime would put Moon in Gemini.
There's little online from which I could glean information on Paul Landacre's personality, very few photographs of him, none of his wife. They obviously shunned publicity and chose to remain part of a close community of like-minded individuals in their rural idyll. That aspect of Landacre doesn't shine through the 12 noon chart. Sun in Cancer could indicate a deep need to withdraw, though his three Leo planets would tend to counteract that. His ascendant might indicate that side of his nature more clearly, perhaps putting a number of personal planets in 12th house?
I like Landacre's prints, would be very happy to hang some around our walls! A few examples are shown below, click on them to see slightly bigger versions (there are lots more available via Google Image). Some of Landacre's work made me think of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings, or sometimes those of Tamara de Lempicka or Henri Rousseau - similarity must have to do with the style of that time period.
Edge of the Desert
Wood engraving for Donald Culross Peattie's book Flowering Earth
Three Kids and a Horse