George H. McCord (1848-1909)

George H. McCord (1848-1909)

Born in New York City in 1848, landscape and marine painter George Herbert McCord was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters.  He studied briefly with Samuel F. B. Morse and James Fairman, but was primarily self-taught and traveled widely throughout his lifetime, finding subjects in the Adirondack and Berkshire mountains, in the southern regions of Florida and the upper Mississippi, and along the New England coastline. McCord also journeyed west to the Grand Canyon, painting scenes for the Santa Fe Railroad, and sailed abroad to Europe, with sojourns in England, France, Scotland and a three-year stay in Venice.

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McCord first exhibited at the National Academy in 1870, became an Associate ten years later, and continued submitting work to their annuals for thirty years. He was a member of the American Water Color Society, the Brooklyn Art Club and the Salmagundi Club, and took part in exhibitions at the Boston Art Club and the Art Institute of Chicago at the turn of the century.  McCord’s work was well-received, earning medals at the Mechanics’ Institute Fair in Boston in 1883, the New Orleans Exposition in 1885 and the St. Louis Exposition in 1904. Currently his landscapes can be found at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Brooklyn Museum and the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio, among other institutions. 

References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999; Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, 2004, National Academy of Design, edited by David B. Dearinger.

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