Item #AT-0471

George Henry Smillie (1840 - 1921) Oil on Canvas "Mountain Lake"


George Henry Smillie (1840 - 1921) Oil on Canvas "Mountain Lake"
Signed lower left

Godel & Co. Fine Art , NYC
Shannon's Auction
Private Collection NJ




6 1/8" x 10" W


12" x 16" W

Artist George Henry Smillie exhibited his work at the Boston Art Club, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Boston Athaneum and the Salmagundi Club among others. He regularly exhibited at the National Academy of Design between 1862 and 1900. He was elected to full membership in the National Academy in 1882 and became Secretary in 1892. He was also a member of the Boston Art Club, the Brooklyn Art Association and the American Watercolor Society.

George H. Smillie's works are featured in the collections of The National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, The Corocoran Gallery, New York Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum of Art and The Rhode Island School of Design.

Smillie received his early artistic training from his father, James H. Smillie (1807-1885), an engraver by trade. He later studied with artist James McDougal Hart (1828-1901), who instilled in him the importance of attention to detail that became an inherent part of George Smillie's compositions. During the nineteenth century, Smillie's works were regarded as "highly finished" and "so creditable."

His early painting style exhibits influences from the Hudson River School in his choice of subject matter and color palette. Later in his career, he adopted a lighter, more impressionistic style.

National Academy of Design
American Watercolor Society

National Academy of Design, 1875-1891
Philadelphia Centennial, 1876
Boston Art Club, 1880-1908

Oakland Museum
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Metropolitan Museum
Union League Club (Philadelphia)
National Academy of Design
Rhode Island School of Design
New York Public Library