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Lot #303

Artist George Browne
Title Sharp Tail Grouse Flushing
Media oil on canvas
Size 24.25 x 29.75 in. / 61.6 x 75.6 cm.
Frame Size 34 x 39.5 x 1.75 in.

signed lower left; titled verso; framed; some handling marks on frame

Home Oil Company, label verso; ex-collection J.C. [James Carl] Anderson

Sold $5,558 Estimate $6,000/$8,000

Biographical Information
George Browne ~ [1918-1958] American
George Browne was born in 1918 in New York City. His father was Belmore Browne, artist and outdoors man. During his infancy, Browne’s family relocated to Banff so that his father could appreciate the Western mountains. Artists such as Rungius and Wilhelm Kuhnert became a source of inspiration for George Browne during his young years in Banff. In 1930, his family moved to Santa Barbara where his father was the director of the Santa Barbara School of Fine Arts. During his childhood, George Browne was involved in a shooting accident that left one of his eye almost completely blind. At the age of 13, he asked his parents to be removed from regular school so he could learn to paint. George Browne learned to paint for the next two years under his father’s tutelage. After two years of rigorous training under his father, George enrolled into California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. When the World War II broke out, Browne was drafted into the Army Air Corps. After the war, Browne continued to work as a professional artist and devoted himself to his art. Browne pursued to capture the realistic look and feel of game birds until a tragic shooting accident took his life at the young age of 39.

see Artists of the North American Wilderness: George & Belmore Browne, by J.T. Ordeman and M.M. Schreiber, Warwick Pub., 2004; son of Belmore Browne who died at an early age in a hunting accident; well known for his paintings of wildlife; listed on Artists in Canada, a Union List of Artists' Files, by National Gallery of Canada Library et al, Canadian Heritage Information Network [CHIN] websiteg