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 George W. Platt  (1839 - 1899)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Colorado      Known for: trompe l'oeil, survey artist, portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A survey artist as well as trompe l'oeil and landscape painter, George Platt accompanied John Wesley Powell's Geological Survey and Exploration expedition that included the Grand Canyon in the early 1870s. His early education was at the University of Rochester and then he accompanied Powell on the expeditions.

Following these western trips, George Platt took classes at the Pennsylvania Academy and there came under the influence of William Harnett and John Peto, trompe l'oeil painters. Platt later studied in Munich, Germany and Italy and then returned to the United States in the 1880s, going to Chicago and Rockford, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa.

In 1881, he opened a studio in Chicago and during the 1890s, he went to Colorado where he was a teacher at the University of Denver. He did trompe paintings of western still-life subjects such as a buffalo skull, a saddle, a rifle, etc. One of his trompe l'oeil paintings was of a bowie knife that appeared to be stuck into the canvas.

George Platt died in Denver Colorado in 1899.

Peggy and Harold Samuels, "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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