George Noyes (1864 - 1954)
Village in Autumn, Dorset, Vermont, n.d.
Oil on canvas
9 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches
Signed at lower left: G. L. Noyes
Titled and inscribed on period hand-written label attached verso: The Village in Autumn / G. L. Noyes / Dorset / $25
Born in Ontario, Canada, to American parents, George Loftus Noyes moved back to America with his family when he was nine, settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He attended the Massachusetts Normal Art School and apprenticed as a glass painter before going abroad in 1890. He enrolled at the Académie Colarossi in Paris to further his academic training, but found time to explore the French countryside with fellow American students and discovered his love for painting landscapes en plein air. Noyes traveled through Algiers and visited Italy before returning to Boston in 1893. He exhibited regularly at the Boston Art Club, showing his Algerian paintings as well as more local subjects, and also with the Boston Society of Water Color Painters. In 1900, Noyes established his own summer school of painting in Annisquam, along the North Shore of Massachusetts, where his best-known students were illustrators N. C. Wyeth and Clifford Ashley. He married Mabel Hall of Newtonville, Massachusetts, in 1903, and for the next three years taught painting and drawing at the Leland Stanford School of Art at Stanford University in California, returning to Annisquam every summer.