Elliot Torrey (1867-1949) Still life o/b 12 x 13″ $1600
Born in East Hardwick, VT on Jan. 7, 1867. Descended from Puritan stock, Torrey was from a long line of New England divines. After earning an M.A. degree from Bowdoin College in 1890, he studied art at the AIC and in Paris and Florence. He had a studio in Boston for a few years and, shortly after the turn of the century, spent a few years in Paris. Torrey worked in NYC from 1911 until his final move to southern California in 1923. After four years in Pasadena, he settled in San Diego where he remained. During 1933-34 he directed the WPA Art Project there. He died on March 10, 1949. An Impressionist, his forte was painting children; however, he also did seascapes and scenes of the Arroyo Seco. Member: San Diego FA Society; Laguna Beach AA; Salmagundi Club; Boston Art Club; Society of Independent Artists; Contemporary Artists of San Diego. Exh: Calif. State Bldg, World’s Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893; Boston Art Club, 1898, 1905; Klackner Galleries (NYC), 1907; Salon des Artistes Francais (Paris), 1910; Salmagundi Club, 1914; NAD, 1915; Macbeth Gallery (NYC), 1922 (solo); Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1924; San Diego FA Gallery, 1927; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1928-31; Calif. State Fair, 1930. In: AIC; Portage Hotel (Akron); Cleveland Museum; San Diego Museum; Akron (OH) Art Inst. PAP; AAA 1919-33; SCA; Art Digest, July 1933; WWAA 1936-41; WWC 1942; San Diego Union, 3-11-1949 (obit).