George Spencer Morris : The Boardwalk at Ventnor
George Spencer Morris (The Boardwalk at Ventnor)

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Artist: George Spencer Morris
Title: The Boardwalk at Ventnor
Media: Oil on canvas board, 14 × 10 inches
Description: Signed at lower right: “G. S. Morris”
Exhibition label on verso: “the fellowship of the/pennsylvania academy of the fine arts/9th annual exhibition 1908 [ . . . ]”; (handwritten in ink) “The Boardwalk at Ventnor/George Spencer Morris/575 Stephen Girard Building/Philada”
Label (supplier, printed) on board verso: “russell’s /[ . . . ]/ canvas board /[ . . . ]”

Ventnor City was a popular resort on the Atlantic Ocean, located two miles below Atlantic City and incorporated as a city in 1903. An early history of the area notes that “The various amusements and diversions of Atlantic City are easily accessible by train, drive or beach, while freedom from noise and perfect rest are assured by its suburban location. A large and thoroughly appointed hotel is open for guests.”1

The original label attached to the reverse of The Boardwalk at Ventnor indicates that it was included in the Ninth Annual Exhibition of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1908. The fellowship had been founded by the painter Robert W. Vonnoh (1858–1933) in 1897 as a means to promote a fraternal spirit among former and present students of the academy, who were all eligible for membership. The annual members’ juried exhibition was the group’s major event.2


1. Alfred M. Heston, Absegami: Annals of Eyren Haven and Atlantic City, 1609 to 1904 (Camden, N.J.: Sinnickson and Sons Co., 1904), p. 384.

2. See The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: The Unbroken Line, 1897–1997 [exh. cat.] (Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1997).

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