Another great acquisition from the Glendale Brand Library: a breath-taking view of the Pacific from the heights around Laguna Beach by the plein air artist, George Thompson Pritchard (1878-1962).
Interestingly, George Thompson Pritchard lost his right hand in an accident and re-taught himself to paint with his left hand. One can see this from the picture of him. (source: http://starvingartist-tnt.blogspot.com/2011/08/starving-artists-run-in-family.html )
|Born in Havelock, New Zealand on April 11, 1878, George Pritchard studied in Aukland at the Academy of Art, the Elam School of Art, and the Melbourne Academy of Fine Arts (1901). During WWI he lived in Canada, New York City, and Richmond, Virginia. Pritchard lectured and exhibited at colleges and universities throughout the South. In 1935 he settled in southern California and had studios in Glendale and Santa Monica. He taught art at his studio, exhibited regularly with the Glendale and Santa Monica Art Associations, and painted many landscapes and seascapes. He died in Reseda, California on Feb. 26, 1962.|
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940”
National Cyclopedia of American Biography.