Late 19th-century Hudson River School figurative landscape 

George Herbert McCord (1848-1909)
Sketching Among the Irises
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Signed l.l.

A member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters, George Herbert
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George Herbert McCord
Sketching Among the Irises by George Herbert McCord (American, 1848-1909)

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Late 19th-century Hudson River School figurative landscape George Herbert McCord (1848-1909) Sketching Among the Irises Oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches Signed l.l. A member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters, George Herbert McCord is known for his atmospheric landscape and marine paintings which capture a variety of locales and are executed in a variety of media—including oil, pastel, and watercolor. McCord was born in 1848 in New York City, where he lived and worked his entire life. After 1883, he kept an additional studio in Morristown, NJ. McCord traveled throughout North America, painting in the Berkshire, Adirondack and Laurentian mountain ranges, the Hudson River Valley, the Coast of New England, the Upper Mississippi, and Florida, which had become popular among Eastern vacationers. He was among a select group of artists commissioned by the Santa Fe Railroad to paint the Grand Canyon, and also participated in a special painting excursion to the Erie Canal. His travels in Europe were equally expansive, taking him to England, Scotland (having been commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to paint the scenery around his castle there), France, the Netherlands, and Italy. McCord was well-educated, having attended Claverack College amidst the Catskills in Claverack, NY, which provided instruction in classical, French, German, English, music, painting, military, commercial, telegraphic and agricultural studies. He also studied with the accomplished painter and inventor of Morse code, Samuel F.B. Morse, and with the Scottish born landscape painter, James Fairman. McCord was active in numerous art clubs and institutions in New York, including the National Academy of Design, which elected him an Associate member in 1880, the American Watercolor Society, the Brooklyn Art Club, the Salmagundi Club, and the Lotos Club. He was also a member of Artists Fund Society in Philadelphia. McCord exhibited regularly at the National Academy and the Brooklyn Art Association, and was included in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Boston Art Club, and the Art Institute of Chicago. McCord's great success is evidenced by his numerous awards: he received a bronze medal at the Mechanics Institute Fair in Boston in 1883, a silver medal at the New Orleans Exposition of 1885, the prestigious Shaw Prize of the Salmagundi Club in 1891, a silver medal at the Charleston Exposition of 1901, and a medal at the St. Louis Exposition of 1904. In January of 1904, his pastels of the coast of Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and England were featured in an exhibition at the Salmagundi Club. In addition to painting, McCord wrote articles on art for the Richfield News.

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  • Artist
    George Herbert McCord (American)
  • Creation Year
    19th Century
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 16 in.H 50.8 cm x W 40.64 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU117024407582
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