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UMass Lowell Archives: Textile Design Panel Collection

Vesper Lincoln George, 1865-1934

Vesper Lincoln George was born in East Boston, Massachusetts, June 4, 1865.  He received his public school education in Boston, and his art education in New York and Paris, studying under the famous French painters, Benjamin Constant, Jules Lefebvre, and Lucien Doucet.

In 1897, thirty-two year old Vesper George was selected to head the small Decorative Art Department at the newly formed Lowell Textile School, where he served from 1897 to 1905.

In 1924, he founded the Vesper Lincoln George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts.  Some of his best known mural decorations can be seen in the Public Library; Lowell, Massachusetts; Music Room of Mr. Session’s home; Bristol Trust Company – four large panels representing Commerce, Industry, Finance, and Agriculture; and in the Edward Lee McClain High School, Greenfield, Ohio – three panels, executed especially for the school. Mr. George was a member of the Mural Painters’ Society and of the Architectural Society of New York, Boston Art Club, and Boston Chamber of Commerce.

  Women working at a loom            man examining vile of dye woman with quill pen

“The Textile Industry” (detail) decorative lunette or painting on glass, 103″ x 60″. The four figures symbolize the most important divisions of the textile art – spinning, weaving, dyeing and designing. The costumes and accessories are of the 15th century. Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell Mass.