Bucks County Nocturne

by George William Sotter (1879–1953)
Oil on board
16 x 20 inches
Signed lower right: G. W. Sotter

Information

Provenance

The artist

Private collection, acquired from above

Private collection, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, by descent from above

Estate of above

Sale, Alderfer Auction Company, Hatfield, Pennsylvania, December 10, 2010, lot 3223, from above (as Bucks County, Riverside Nocturnal Winter Landscape)

Private collection, acquired from above

Sale, Bonhams, New York, New York, November 28, 2012, lot 21, from above (as Bucks County, Riverside Nocturnal Winter Landscape)

Private collection, New York, New York and Florida, acquired from above

Sale, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 5, 2021, lot 108, from above

Note: After first visiting Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1902, Sotter made it his permanent home in 1919. His scenes of the surrounding area are his best-known and most celebrated.

Artist Biography

George William Sotter was an American stained glass artist and impressionist painter remembered for his luminescent night scenes. He was born in Pittsburgh and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1905–1907 under William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anshutz, and Henry Keller. Sotter won many awards over the course of his career and exhibited widely. Notably, his work was shown annually at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1903–1925 as well as the Corcoran Gallery biennials from 1912–1923. Sotter was awarded a Silver Medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. The New

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George William Sotter was an American stained glass artist and impressionist painter remembered for his luminescent night scenes. He was born in Pittsburgh and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1905–1907 under William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anshutz, and Henry Keller. Sotter won many awards over the course of his career and exhibited widely. Notably, his work was shown annually at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1903–1925 as well as the Corcoran Gallery biennials from 1912–1923. Sotter was awarded a Silver Medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. The New Jersey State Museum and Pennsylvania State Museum are among the institutions that have collected his work, and his stained glass designs can be seen in churches throughout America.

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