Friday, March 11, 2011

The Reading Paintings of New York's Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910)

.Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Summer Issue

Although born in England, Seymour Joseph Guy became one of America’s most famous genre painters, celebrated for his delicate genre paintings of women & children in domestic environments. Several of his paintings revolved around reading.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) An Interesting Book

In 1852 he married Anna Maria Barber (c. 1832–1907), daughter of William Barber, an engraver. The couple had 9 children who undoubtedly served as models for their father.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Preparing for the next day, Seymour 1895

Guy immigrated to America in 1854 and immediately entered the artists’ circles present in New York, mainly forging his path as a portraitist and later, a genre painter.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Dear Polly

His associations act as a testament to his immediate popularity: in 1861 he was listed as a founding member of the Brooklyn Art Association and named an associate of the National Academy the next year.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Young Girl Reading 1877
Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) The Reading Lesson.