George Frederick Armstrong
(1852 - 1912)
George Frederick Armstrong was active/lived in California. George Armstrong is known for landscape, resort scenes, street genre.
Born in Amsterdam, NY on Jan. 12, 1853, the son of Mary Weaver and Bradley Armstrong. In 1876 the Armstrong family traveled by train to California and settled in Oakland where Fred and his father established a sign and carriage painting business. Active in civic affairs, Fred served as an official and was a charter member of the Oakland Guards. About 1889 he moved across the bay to San Francisco where he built a home and studio in the Mission District at 2828 Harrison. He was commissioned by A. W. Foster, president of Northwestern Pacific Railroad, to paint scenes of the resorts in Lake County. These paintings hung for many years in the waiting room of the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Yosemite was also one of his favorite subjects as well as scenes of the early Italian milk wagons and gypsy vans in San Francisco. Having suffered for years with a lung ailment due to his long association with paint and turpentine fumes, he died in Oakland on Aug. 5, 1912. In: Oakland Museum.
Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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George Armstrong, or "Fred" as he was called, was known for his landscape paintings of Yosemite and of street scenes with gypsy vans and milk wagons in San Francisco. He was born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1853, and he and his family traveled west to California in 1876, settling in Oakland. There he went into business with his father painting signs and carriages.
Armstrong moved to San Francisco in 1889, and opened a studio in the Mission District. He painted scenes of Lake County for A.W. Foster, the president of Northwestern Pacific Railroad, that were displayed in the Ferry Building in San Francisco for many years. Armstrong suffered from the toxicity of the materials he used for his paintings, which led to a lung ailment he endured for many years. He died in Oakland, California in 1912.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"