George Wattles Waters

1832 – 1912

Alpine Landscape

George Wattles Waters (1832-1912) was born in the small upstate community of Coventry in Chenango County, NY. He began his artistic career early and in 1850, at the age of eighteen, Waters had his first exhibit when one of his paintings was on view at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Though he maintained a studio in New York City for many years, George and his wife Sarah moved upstate in 1861 to the small city of Elmira where, in 1869, he became the first director of Elmira College’s art department. Although Waters traveled to Europe in 1880 and 1886, the most profound impact on his artwork were the areas in and around the White Mountains, the Adirondacks, and the lakes and woods of northern New York State. From pencil sketches made during his travels, Waters would translate these to landscape paintings upon returning to his studio. In 1903, at the age of 71, Waters retired from his position at Elmira College, but continued to paint until his death on July 23, 1912. Below is an oil on canvas signed in the lower left corner, “G W Waters and dated “1861.” The scene is of an alpine landscape with figures by a lake and mountains in the background. 16’ x 24”

Artist:  George Wattles Waters

Date:  1861

Size:  16″ x 24″

Medium:  Oil on Canvas

Price:  $3,650