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 Lester George Hornby  (1882 - 1956)

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Lighthouses on the Massachusetts Coast, Fisherman's Cottage AND Farmer Haying on Coast (3)
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from a source whose grandmother, Bertha Goodrich, was married to the artist:

Lester George Hornby was married to Bertha Grover Goodrich, his last wife. They lived in Rockport, Massachusetts until his death in 1956. Together they built the "old on purpose" house using old materials to build a "new" "old" house. Lester is the one who gave the name "Motif #1" to the old fish house that has become so famous.

During WWI Hornby was a war correspondent. As did most artists at the time who did illustrations in relation to the war, Hornby had to have war- related pictures approved by the government before being published. In one case the war department refused to give permission because they felt his illustration was so accurate and well done that the enemy would have access to too much information. Hornby worked in the trenches with the men and his work reflects this.

At a Philadelphia exhibit of color etchings in 1909 the critic called Hornby
"the foremost exponent of this branch of graphic art that America has

The critic Rowland Thomas wrote in 1910 "Hornby is beyond doubt a master
etcher with such power of eye and hand as our generation has hardly known
before. Not since Whistler posed with the Universe on his needle point has
anyone scratched on solid metal lines of such electrifying, such insolently
simple conciseness as these- a new old Paris leaps transfigured and revealed for those who will glory in her."

Boston critic W.H. Downes found "Hornby's etchings among the best and most
artistic being done by any American, and some of the Marne set are

A 1928 exhibit of watercolors at the Vose Gallery in Boston won a rave from
critic A.J. Philpott "He has been compared to Joseph Pennell but that is not
a fair comparison. Hornby is a much more versatile genius than Pennell ever

Hornby's work is in the permanent collections of 21 museums worldwide.

After Hornby's death the remainder of his works were in storage with,
occasionally, one of the then heirs making a small effort to bring his works
into the public. Peter Falk has done a wonderful catalog on Hornby which
lists a great deal of information and a listing of etchings. Much credit goes
to Mr. Falk for this effort.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Pape School, Academy Julian, Paris, with JP Laurens, Academy Colarossi, Academy Delacluse, Academy de la Grande Chaumiere (with Steinlen), Sorbonne in Paris (from 1906-1910).  

Member of: American Art Association of Paris, Boston Art Club, Guild of Boston Artists, Boston Watercolor Club, Brooklyn Society of Etchers, Chicago Society of Etchers, Caof. Society of Etchers, New York Society of Etchers, Gloucester SA, Painter-Gravers of America, Providence Art Club, Providence Watercolor Club, Rockport Art Association, NSAA, SC., Soc. Amis de l'Eau-Forte, Paris.  

Exhibits include: Paris Salongs, Dresden International Exhibition, doll & Ricahrds Gallery, Boston Public Library, Irving & Casson, Roullier Gallery, Kennedy Gallerys, Grace Horne Gallery, Goodspeed's Boston, Venice International Exhibition, Lotos Club, Anderson Gallery, Swedish International Exhibition, Fine Art Society, London, Boston City Club, Corcoran Gallery, Vose Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Boston Art Club, Speed Museum, San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, Library of Congress, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cape Ann Historical Society, Association American Artists, NY, Rockport Art Association, Lowell Art Association and many others.  

Works at:  Addison Gallery of American Art, Boston Public Library, Boston Athenauem, Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Institute of Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, Rockport Art Association, Philadelphia Museum of Art and many others.  He was one of the founders of the Rockport School (along with A. Thieme and A. Hibbard).  

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