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 George Henry Taggart  (1865 - 1924)

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Lived/Active: New York/Utah      Known for: portrait, genre and landscape painting

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George Henry Taggart was born in Port Washington, New York in 1865.  A portraitist and genre painter, he was the first significant artist to come to Utah since Enoch Wood Perry.  He died in 1924.

Taggart studied in Paris at Académie Julian with Bouguereau, Ferrier, and Lefebvre.  He exhibited his work Travailleurs des Champs at the Paris salon.  He came to Salt Lake City to take care of a lung ailment in 1900 and stayed for several summers.

While he was in Utah, he received a major commission to paint the likenesses of the General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including  George Teasdale (1900), a tonalist portrait of one of the early General Authorities.

Over a stretch of two summers, he painted some unusually fine and richly realist and/or tonal impressionist work in Utah and at the same time contributed to the artistic development of the local painter Samuel Jepperson. They became good friends and sketching companions during the time; Taggart also worked and was friendly with John Hafen.

There are representative Taggart works in various portrait collections in Utah: the Alice Art Collection of the Utah Arts Council, the Pioneer Village Collection at the Lagoon resort, as well as the collections of the Palace of the Governor, City of Mexico.

By 1900, this talented painter and sometime teacher had departed Sam Jepperson’s Utah County fruit orchard for a more urban setting. As the new century opened, he moved to 211 South Sixth East, Salt Lake City.

Taggart's work was recognized at the Expo Toulouse France and at the Salon d'Automne where he won a prize.

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