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In his earlier years, Mr. Baskerville traveled to the Soviet Union and trekked by pony and foot through the Himalayas to Katmandu to paint the King of Nepal.

During World War II, he was designated the official portrait painter of the Army Air Forces. As a lieutenant colonel, he traveled to the theaters of war to create more than 60 likenesses of officers and enlisted men that were exhibited widely and are on permanent exhibition at the Pentagon.

Mr. Baskerville once told a friend, the writer Brendan Gill, "Of all the work I have done in my life, those portraits are what I am proudest of."

His murals adorned the main lounge and ballroom of the ocean liner America, once the largest of liners; he also created murals for the Wall Street Club, for the conference room of the Joint Committee on Military Affairs of the Senate and House and for Mrs. Charles Shipman Payson and Gene Tunney.

Mr. Baskerville had a dozen one-man shows in New York, and his work was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and the Chicago Art Institute.

In 1925, he was recruited by Harold Ross to write and illustrate a nightclub column for The New Yorker. Mr. Baskerville used the pseudonym Top Hat.

Charles Baskerville, named after his father, was born in Raleigh, N.C. He later lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., where his father was a professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina. The family came north when the elder Baskerville founded the department of chemistry at the City University of New York.

Young Charles, who intended to become an architect, interrupted his college years at Cornell to join the Rainbow Division in World War I. As a lieutenant of infantry, he won the Silver Star for gallantry in action.

After the war, he returned to Cornell and began to pursue a career in art. Upon graduation, he came to New York and achieved immediate success with drawings published in the day's leading humor magazines. He sold paintings until the end of his life, and Mr. Varner said that on the day he died, Mr. Baskerville signed his name to one of his works.

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