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George H. Flavelle
George H. Flavelle (American, 1868-) painter primarily known for his watercolor paintings depicting landscapes, woodland interiors, seascapes, cottage scenes and Dutch scenes with windmills. Flavelle was born in Pennsylvania in 1868, and he initially took night classes at the Spring Garden School (where he won first prize), and later studied art at the Pennsylvania Watercolor School. Early on in his career, he worked for an art publishing house, and also attained great success as a glass and china decorator, but the limitations of those professions pushed him towards doing his own art.

"...the majestic repose, rythmic contour, magnificent perspective, power of forestry, grace of companionship, each to each of great old trees, tender saplings, dipping flowers and deep, tranquil, shadowy streams sometimes broadening into pools that reflect richly verile sky or soft, low-lying, always moving cloud masses, the marvelous landscape panorama of Pennsylvania too little known outside artists (poet's rendering) has always been his text."

"He had inherited to a marked degree, the delicate, clean-cut drawing that characterized the work of his father, who won distinction for those qualities in the silversmith's craft."

He was a member of the Art Students' League, NYC, and he exhibited in Buffalo, NYC, and Brooklyn. Flavelle was represented by department stores and fine art galleries through the early 1900’s, to include: The Veerhoff Galleries, Washington, DC; The William Hengerer Company, Buffalo, NY; Forsyth & Davis Inc., NYC; B.W. Scott Book & Art Store, Geneva, NY; Abraham & Straus (A&S), in their Picture Salon, Brooklyn, NY; Frederick Loeser & Co., Brooklyn, NY; the Charles Kuhn Company, in their exhibition room (second floor), Brooklyn, NY; Gimbel Brothers, NYC; and Wanamaker’s (John Wanamaker, formerly A.T. Stewart & Co.), in their Eighth Gallery (New Building), NYC.

George H. Flavelle was born in Pennsylvania in 1868 according to several sources: a 1917 newspaper article; an antique biographical information sheet on the back of a painting for 'George H. Flavelle'; and a Library of Congress Catalogue of Copyright Entries, Part Four, Works of Art from 1931, which listed him as 'Flavelle (George H.)'. He typically signed his watercolor paintings as ‘G.H. Flavelle’, and his name is often mislisted incorrectly as 'Geoff H. Flavelle' with the incorrect birthdate of 1863 as well.


Antique original brief biographical sheet for George H. Flavelle.

Other online sources & books show a birthdate of 1863, but may incorrectly link George H. Flavelle with a George F., whose 1900 census information lists residence in Philadelphia and Alden PA, as well as Los Angeles CA.

Select Exhibitions:

1907- Exhibited, group show & sale, Frederick Loeser & Co., Third Floor (Bond Street), Brooklyn, NY. Exhibited, group show & sale, Charles Kuhn Company, 500 Fulton Street, exhibition room, second floor, Brooklyn, NY.

1911- Exhibited, group show & sale, The William Hengerer Company, eighth floor, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, group show & sale, Frederick Loeser & Co.’s Art Gallery, woods interior landscape shown (unknown title), Brooklyn, NY.

1912- Exhibited, group show & sale, The William Hengerer Company, eighth floor, Buffalo, NY.

1913- Exhibited, group show & sale, Wanamaker’s (John Wanamaker, formerly A.T. Stewart & Co.), Eighth Gallery (New Building), Broadway & Tenth Street, NYC.

1914- Exhibited, group show & sale, Art Galleries, Frederick Loeser & Co., Third Floor, Brooklyn, NY.

1916- Exhibited, group show & sale, Frederick Loeser & Co.’s Art Gallery, untitled landscape, Third Floor, Brooklyn, NY.

1917- Exhibited, group show & sale, “52nd Anniversary”, watercolor painting “The Old Farm Connecticut”, Abraham & Straus (A&S), in the Picture Salon, Brooklyn, NY.

Memberships: Art Students' League, NYC.

For additional information on this artist or for other possible examples of his works, please visit the AskArt link listing the artist as Geoff H. Flavelle.

(Rewritten on parts and compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, meibohmfinearts.com, 05/2011 [updated 04/2013], from sources: pilot.familysearch.org, Family Search Record Search, “George F. Flavelle: United States Census, 1900”, Enumeration District 0076, GSU Film Number 1240090, Image Number 00616, U.S. Census 1900 link; books.google.com, online digitized book, The Craftsman, Gustav Stickley Editor & Publisher, 29 West 34th Street, NYC, Vol. 11, October, 1906-March, 1907; Biographical information & quotes from a brief biographical sheet from the back of one of George H. Flavelle's paintings; fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “Store Notes: Exhibition of Watercolors at Kuhn’s”, Tuesday, March 19, Pg. C8, 1907, fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, The Sun, “Sale of Framed Water Colors $9 to $135 Values at $5.50 to $95.”, Second Section, Sunday, October 13, 1907, New York NY Sun 1907 Jan-Dec Grayscale - 4743.pdf; Brooklyn NY Daily Eagle 1907 Grayscale - 2364.pdf; fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “An Exhibition Well Worth an Inspection Now on View at the Store”, Saturday, March 4, Pg. 13, 1911, Brooklyn NY Daily Eagle 1911 Grayscale - 1994.pdf; fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, The Buffalo Illustrated Express, “Here Are the Pictures You Like to Own, in a Three Days’ Sale at Prices Averaging Half”, Sunday, October 1, 1911, Newspapers Buffalo NY Morning Express 1911 - 4349.PDF; fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, Buffalo Morning Express, “The Latest News from Paris and from Hengerer’s: An Exhibition and Sale of Oil Paintings and Water Colors; The Sale of Original Water Colors”, Sunday, unknown date, unknown page number, 1912, Newspapers Buffalo NY Morning Express 1912 - 0722.PDF; fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, The Evening Telegram-New York, “Framed Water Colors in the August Sale”, Thursday, August, 14, Pg. 5, 1913, New York NY Evening Telegram 1913 Jul - Aug Grayscale - 0702.pdf; fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “Sale of Framed Water Colors Some at Half Price. An Unexpected Event”, Sunday, August 9, Pg. 5, 1914, Brooklyn NY Daily Eagle 1914 Grayscale - 7144.pdf; fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, The New York Times, “Unframed Original Water Colors $3.75 to $112.50 Instead of $5 to $150 An Event Unusual in Art and Economy” & “Full Fourth Off the Regular Prices.”, Sunday, April 9, Pg. 12, 1916, New York NY Times 1916 Mar1-Apr15 Grayscale (1162).pdf; fultonhistory.com, online digitized newspaper, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “Some of Our Finer Unframed Pictures Reduced; At Reductions of 25 to 50%”, Thursday, February 1, Pg. 12, 1917, Brooklyn NY Daily Eagle 1917 Grayscale - 1000.pdf; books.google.com, Catalogue of Copyright Entries Part 4: Works of Art; Reproductions of a work of art; drawings or plastic works of a scientific or technical character; photographs; prints and pictorial illustrations, Library of Congress, New Series, Volume 25, Pg. 103 & 325, United States Printing Office, Washington, DC, (for the year 1930), 1931; AskArt.com; liveauctioneers.com, previous auction sale information; and Wikipedia.com.)
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