Artist Search
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 

 George Washington Stevens  (1866 - 1926)

About: George Washington Stevens


Examples of his work


Quick facts

Exhibits - current  




Book references

Magazine references pre-2007  

Discussion board

Signature Examples*

Buy and Sell: George Washington Stevens
  For sale ads

Auction results*

  Wanted ads Auctions upcoming for him*  
  Dealers Auction sales graphs*  

What's my art worth?

Magazine ads pre-1998*  

Market Alert - Free

Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: landscape and marine, museum administration

Login for full access
View AskART Services

*may require subscription

Available for George Washington Stevens:

Quick facts (Styles, locations, mediums, teachers, subjects, geography, etc.) (George Stevens)


Biographical information (George Stevens)


Book references (George Stevens)


Museum references (George Stevens)


Auction records - upcoming / past (George Stevens)


Auction high record price (George Stevens)


Signature Examples* (George Stevens)


Analysis of auction sales (George Stevens)


Discussion board entries (George Stevens)


Image examples of works (George Stevens)


Please send me Alert Updates for George Washington Stevens (free)
What is an alert list?

Ad Code: 4
AskART Artist
from Auction House Records.
The Duck Pond
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
George Washington Stevens was born in Utica, New York, January 16, 1866.  He attended Utica Academy, where his interests were largely centered upon the sciences, and particularly astronomy.  He originally pursued a newspaper career, first in Utica, then in 1889, in Springfield.   In 1890 he took a job on the Toledo Bee, later moving to the Toledo Times editorial staff.

He began painting as a pastime during the early 1890’s, and studied under Edmund H. Osthaus in Toledo and with J. Francis Murphy in New York.  Stevens was one of the founders, in 1895, of the Toledo Tile Club, which campaigned vigorously for the establishment of an art museum in Toledo.  As an organization, they hoped for a place where they could see exhibitions such as were taking place in New York, Chicago and Pittsburgh, and perhaps have a collection of a few masterpieces they could study and where they might be able to show their own works from time to time.   By 1903 George W. Stevens and Edward Drummond Libbey of the Libbey Glass Company were to make that wish a reality.

In 1966 the Toledo Art Museum published a biography written by Blake-More Godwin about the First Director of the Toledo Museum of Art: George W. Stevens. Vigorously celebrating that tenure Godwin states:  

“George W. Stevens came to Toledo for a day and stayed for a life-time.  Toledo was better for it, and the course of art museum development was turned in a new direction after he had set his mind to the problem of making one of them useful to all the people.
His career began only after he had been in Toledo for thirteen years, had reached the age of thirty-seven, and had become Director of The Toledo Museum of Art.  When he assumed this post, he had been successively, and successfully, newspaper reporter, columnist, contributor to popular magazines, one of the early advertising writers, promotion and booking manage for three theaters and the summer playhouses conducted by street railway companies in fourteen cities.  He had also traveled extensively abroad, had conducted tours, had published two volumes of verse and had shown his oils and watercolors in frequent exhibitions.”

“The policy of the present day museum, “ Stevens wrote, “ is to bring art into the lives of all the people, for the reason that in it and in the principles that it involves are found the ingredients lacking in our present day civilization and in the prevailing system of education.”  And again:  “It is the function of the modern museum of art not only to call the attention of the human race to these elemental truths which have smoldered in our treasure galleries or in the ruins of earlier civilizations, but also to take the lead in the educational revolution which is to restore and redevelop this important and vital heritage of man.”

The reference to Stevens in the book Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900, states: “During his twenty three-year career as director, Stevens instituted a number of progressive policies previously unknown in American museum administration – including a strong educational program for all ages, in both art appreciation and studio art. 

He died in Toledo, October 29, 1926.

Submitted by Edward Bentley, Fine-Art Researcher from Lansing, Michigan

Biographical references: Blake-More Godwin, George W. Stevens, (Toledo Museum of Art) Museum News, 9 (Spring 1966); Toledo Museum Art library.

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at
  go to top home | site map | site terms | AskART services & subscriptions | contact | about us
  copyright © 2000-2015 AskART all rights reserved ® AskART and Artists' Bluebook are registered trademarks

  A |  B |  C |  D-E |  F-G |  H |  I-K |  L |  M |  N-P |  Q-R |  S |  T-V |  W-Z  
  frequently searched artists 1, 2, more...  
  art appraisals, art for sale, auction records, misc artists