George Curtis, a Massachusetts native, spent his career in and around Boston. Before becoming a landscape and marine artist he painted stage scenery for plays at the Boston Museum. Curtis traveled throughout New England and the Midwest creating landscapes, and beginning in the mid-1860s found success in the Boston gallery scene with his luminist marine paintings. He exhibited widely at prestigious institutions such as the Boston Athenaeum, American Art Union, and Boston Art Club as well as several international expositions. In 1993 the Peabody Essex Museum dedicated an exhibition to this important 19th-centruy American artist. His works can be seen today in the collections of the Bostonian Society, Mariners’ Museum, and Peabody Essex Museum.