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George Thompson Pritchard
1878 - 1962
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Born in Havelock, New Zealand on April 11, 1878. Pritchard studied in Auckland at the Academy of Art, the Elam School of Art, and the Melbourne Academy of Fine Arts (1901). Upon arriving in San Francisco in 1906 in the aftermath of the earthquake and fire, he produced many paintings during his three-year stay. A few years were then spent in Milwaukee before journeying on to Paris for further art study at Academie Julian, and at the Vanderheldt Academy in Amsterdam (1911-14).

During WWI Pritchard lived in Canada, New York City, and Richmond, Virgina. In addition, he lectured and exhibited at colleges and universities throughout the South. In 1935 he settled in Southern California and had studios in Glendale and Santa Monica. He taught art at his studio, and exhibited regularly with the Glendale and Santa Monica Art Associations. Pritchard traveled and exhibited extensively, ultimately finding his greatest success in the United States where he painted many landscapes and seascapes.

Works held: Springville (UT) Museum; Gardena High School; Roberts Gallery, Pomona; National Encyclopedia of American Biography.

(Source: Hughes, Edan Milton, "Artists in California: 1786-1940," San Francisco: Hughes Publishing Company, 1989.)