George Herbert McCord (1848-1909)
Where: Housatonic River
When: around 1875
McCord was born in New York in 1848 and studied at the Hudson River Institute and Claverack Academy. He also studied under Samuel F.B. Morse and James Fairman. McCord was central to the second school of Hudson River Painters. Though he maintained a studio in New York, he traveled widely, painting idyllic American landscapes.
It was one painting excursion that brought him near West Cornwall circa 1879. According to the October 17,1879 Brooklyn Daily Eagle, his trip resulted in a painting in which “In the foreground there is a piece of water bordered by tall trees, and the middle distance is filled in with a line of mountains, their sides partially covered with foliage, but the woodland being broken here and there by broad patches of meadowland.” This depiction was meant to represent the Cornwall landscape.
McCord exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1868 and became an Associate in 1880. He was also a member of such organizations as the Salmagundi Club, the American Watercolor Society, the Newspaper Artists’ Society, and the New York Watercolor Club. McCord also exhibited widely in the United States and abroad. He died in New York City.