George Bacon Wood, Jr.

(American, 1832 - 1910)

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 Pennsylvania Academy from 1858 to 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 in New York, the National Academy of Design in New York, the Utica Art Association, the Louisville Industrial Exposition in 1875, and the Chicago Industrial Exposition in 1876. Wood made several sketching trips through New England and New York State and developed a special fondness for the Adirondack Mountains. In addition to his painting, he was also an accomplished photographer (the Library Company of Philadelphia has a large collection of his photographs). Wood was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Artists' Fund Society of Philadelphia. His works are in the Wilstach Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Academy owns his painting, Interior of the Library of Henry C. Carey.