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Edgar Driscoll, 91; art critic, obituary writer for the Globe

E. DRISCOLL E. DRISCOLL
By Gloria Negri
Globe Staff / November 9, 2011

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In an art review for the Globe in 1949, Edgar J. Driscoll Jr. described the ways creating a portrait can constrain an artist. “He cannot paint exactly as he pleases,’’ Mr. Driscoll wrote. He might have been describing the experience he would have over the next few decades practicing a kind of verbal portraiture as an art critic and obituary writer for the Globe. Mr. Driscoll, who was on the Globe’s staff for 44 years, died Nov. 1 of congestive heart failure in his Beacon Hill home. He was 91.

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