|William Lees Judson |
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"The Way to the Beach"
Oil on canvas
25 x 40 inches
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Painter and craftsman, William Lees Judson was born in Manchester, England on April 1, 1842. Judson immigrated to North America with his family in 1852. He was educated in the public schools of Brooklyn, New York, and Ontario, Canada. He served in the Civil War and afterwards spent several years as a farmer in Ontario, where he sketched local Native Americans. He studied art in New York City with John B. Irving (1872-73), followed by three years in Paris at Academie Julian under Lefebvre and Boulanger. Upon his return from Europe, Judson worked in New York City, Canada, and Chicago, before finally settling in Los Angeles. From 1896-1901, Judson was employed as a professor at the University of Southern California. In 1901, he founded the USC College of Fine Arts, and led the school as its Dean until his death on October 26, 1928. An Impressionist, his oeuvre included landscapes, coastal scenes, missions, and Indian subjects in oil and watercolor.
Member: California Art Club; Laguna Beach Art Association.
Exhibited: London, 1886 (bronze medal); SFAA, 1891-1916; California Mid Winter Expo, 1894; Chamber of Commerce (LA), 1894; California State Fair, 1899, 1900; Blanchard Gallery (LA), 1900; USC, 1907, 1910; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; Steckel Gallery (LA), 1913, 1914; Friday Morning Club (LA), 1913; California Art Club, 1914-27; Panama-California Expo, 1915 (bronze medal); Daniell Gallery (LA), 1916; Battey Gallery, (LA), 1917; California Liberty Fair, 1918; LACMA, 1918 (solo); Painters and Sculptors of LA, 1920-25; Southwest Museum, 191 (popular prize); Kanst Gallery (LA), 1922; Artland Club (LA), 1927; Artists of So. California, 1930.
Works Held: Bowers Museum (Santa Ana); Irvine (CA) Museum; Orange County (CA) Museum.
Sources: Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.