George Bacon Wood, Jr.
Natural Bridge, Virginia, 1858
Oil on prepared board, 12 × 8 inches
Signed at lower right: “[B Woo]”
Exhibited: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (1859) as “Natural Bridge (Virginia)” (no. 205)
Born in Philadelphia, the genre and landscape painter George Bacon Wood, Jr., studied at the Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts with Christian Schussele (1824 1879). He lived in Germantown and exhibited numerous paintings
at the Academy between 1858 and 1905. His paintings were also shown at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Great Central
Fair in Philadelphia in 1864, the American Society of Painters in Watercolors and the National Academy of Design in New
York City, the Utica Art Association in New York, the Louisville Industrial Exposition in 1875, and the Chicago Industrial
Exposition in 1876. He was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Artists' Fund Society of Philadelphia.
In “George B. Wood, Jr., a Student of Nature” (American Art and Antiques, September–October 1979, p. 121),
dates this painting 1858, when the artist made a painting trip to Lexington, Va.
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