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Photographs of works of art by George Inness compiled by Julia G. Smith, circa 1926-1929

Biographical Note

George Inness, Jr. (1854-1926), was born in Paris, the son of celebrated American artist George Inness, and spent much of his life traveling throughout Europe and the United States painting landscapes and pastoral scenes.
Inness was educated at the Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, New York, and the National Academy of Design, and studied under his father and LĂ©on Bonnat in Rome and Paris in the 1870s, before settling temporarily in Montclair, New Jersey. During the 1880s-1890s he became an established artist and in 1899 received a gold medal at the Paris Salon and became a full member of the National Academy. In 1900 he established residences in Cragsmoor, New York, and Tarpon Springs, Florida. Inness strove to distance himself from his father's approach to painting, but nevertheless remained heavily influenced by the tonalist style for which the elder George Inness was renowned.
In 1879 Inness married Julia G. Smith (1853-1941), daughter of Roswell Smith, founder of the Century Company publishers.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs holds the largest public collection of Inness's work, and he is also represented in other prominent collections including Memorial Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Montclair Art Museum, and the National Academy of Design. Following Inness's death in 1926, Julia G. Smith donated to the National Academy of Design a set of three binders containing the index and photographs of all her late husband's paintings described in this finding aid, with the intention of providing a resource with which to identify genuine works by Inness, and guard against forgeries.