Sears Gallagher

American, 1869 - 1955
Recognized as one of America's leading watercolorists and etchers during the early twentieth century, Sears Gallagher depicted a variety of themes, ranging from European subjects to New England scenery.

A native of Boston, he studied drawing with the Italian artist Tomasso Juglaris and watercolor techniques with the British painter, Samuel P R. Triscott. After further study at the Academie Julian in Paris (1894-96), he returned to Boston, working as an artist-reporter for a local newspaper and illustrating textbooks for the firm of Ginn and Company.

By the early 1900s he had established himself as a professional artist specializing in works on paper. He was active in Italy and England and in the northeastern United States, including Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Jackson, New Hampshire. Fond of "things coastal," he also made numerous visits to Monhegan Island, Maine, where he painted sparkling watercolors of rugged cliffs and local fisherfolk, working in a broad, fluid style.

Admirers of his work included Loring Dodd Holmes, who noted in A Generation of Illustrators and Etchers (1960): Gallagher's "signature [was inscribed all over his paper, in his selection of subject, in his manner of drawing, in his choice of color and his way of applying it."

Biography courtesy of Roughton Galleries,
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