George A. Weymouth: the eye of a realist

 George A. (Frolic) Weymouth, 1936-2016, American

 

 

George A. Weymouth, affectionately called ‘Frolic’ by friends, was an exceptionally fortunate man.

 

A member of the American du Pont family who settled in 1802 on the Brandywine River outside Wilmington, Delaware; and whose philanthropic bequests to the nation are beyond quantifying; 

 

a friend of the Pennsylvanian Wyeth family of artists; a student of Andrew Wyeth and a close friend of his son, Jamie Wyeth, both of them among the foremost realists and figurative painters of the US in the last 80 years;

 

 

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Frolic, oil, enamel and acrylic on canvas, 2017.  Jamie Wyeth, American born 1947.  Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

a man who lived in magnificent country in south-east Pennsylvania not far from its border with Delaware, which, with two friends, he began conserving in 1947: the Brandywine Conservancy: an effort which has now preserved 73,000 acres of Pennsylvanian land; a bequest which is as valuable to my life as any of the  sophisticated, curated bequests of the family;

 

a skilled equestrian and practitioner of four-in-hand carriage driving;

 

a founding member of the Brandywine River Museum which showcases the work of the Wyeths and of (north) American artists, primarily realists ;

 

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The Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in a converted and expanded nineteenth century mill

 

and who served the arts nationally…………

was also himself a man of no small artistic skill and practice.  He described himself as a realist and said that it is difficult to improve on a reality which is itself perfect.

 

From an exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in 2018, here is some of his work.

 

 

 

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Chicken Fight, 1948, oil on canvas.  Brandywine River Museum.  A painting by the artist when he was 12.

 

 

 

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Anson, 1956, oil on board.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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The artist’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Eleuthere du Pont, 1958, oil on panel.  Brandywine Museum of Art

 

 

 

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Charfoot, 1959, tempera on panel.  Private collection loaned to the Brandywine River Museum

 

 

 

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Mr.  Hylton Taylor, 1962, watercolour on paper.  Collection of the artist’s family on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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Jack Campbell’s Coat, 1961, watercolour on board.  Collection of the artist’s family on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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Gathering Storm, 1964, tempera on panel.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum of  Art in 2017.  Ethel Roach who worked for the artist’s parents and was an important figure in his early life

 

 

 

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Portrait of Anna B., c. 1965.  Collection of the artist’s family on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018.

The artist’s wife (1961-1979), Anna Bredsford McCoy, a niece of the painter Andrew Wyeth who was the artist’s teacher.

 

 

 

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Eleven O’Clock News, 1966, tempera on panel.  Brandywine River Museum

 

 

 

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William W. Scranton (1916-2013), 1969, tempera on panel at his family’s former estate, Marworth in Waverly, Pennsylvania.  William Scranton was a US Congressman and Governor of Pennsylvania.  Collection of the Scranton family on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2017

 

 

 

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Henry Belin du Pont (1898-1970), 1971, tempera on panel.  A cousin of the artist, this painting was completed after the subject had died and was finished with a stand-in cousin of similar appearance standing in

 

 

 

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Margaret, 1986, tempera on panel.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2017

The subject is offering an apple to one of her horses

 

 

 

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Michael Wall, 1997, tempera on panel.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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The Giver (The Offering), 2001, tempera on panel. The father-in-law of a friend of the artist, a man who often brought fruit as a gift.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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Melanie In Repose, c. 2005, tempera on panel.  Brandywine River Museum

 

 

 

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Portrait of DD Matz, 2007, tempera on panel.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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Cornfields, 1962, watercolour on paper.  Family collection loaned to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

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Corn Basket, 1965, tempera on panel.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum

 

George A. Weymouth (1936–2016). The Way Back, 1963, tempera on panel, 44 3/4 x 34 3/4”. McCoy duPont Weymouth. © George A. Weymouth.

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The Way Back, 1963, tempera on panel.  The artist’s 18th century home.  Collection of the artist’s family on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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Tree Trunks, 1968, watercolour on paper.  Metropolitan Museum of Art on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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Clothesline, 1971, watercolour on paper.  Private collection on loan in 2018 to the Brandywine River Museum

 

 

 

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Ice Shoes, 1996, tempera on panel.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in 2016

 

 

 

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First Snow and detail, 1959, watercolor on canvas.  Andrew Wyeth,1917-2009,  American.  Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington.

A painting of the farmhouse belonging to farming neighbourers of the Wyeths, the Kuerners.

 

 

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Snowdrifts, 1996, watercolour on paper.  Family collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum

 

 

 

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Nightlife, 2000, tempera on panel.  Family collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum

 

 

 

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Party Line, 2001, tempera on panel.  Philadelphia Art Museum on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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Website, 2003, tempera on panel.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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First Cutting, 2004,  tempera on panel.  Promised gift to the Brandywine River Museum

 

 

 

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Storm, 2004, tempera on panel.  Promised gift to the Brandywine River Museum

 

 

 

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Before Mowing, 2009, tempera on panel.  Private collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum of Art

 

 

 

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Requiem, 2010, tempera on panel.  Family collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018

 

 

 

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The Crossing, 2009-10, tempera on panel.  Family collection on loan to the Brandywine River Museum in 2018 

 

 

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