Sydney Laurence

Sydney Laurence

Nationality: American

Birth Place: Brooklyn (Delaware county, New York state, United States)

Sydney Mortimer Laurence was the George Inness of Alaska, specializing in tonalist, poetic paintings of the Alaskan wilderness and waterways and of the solitary daily lives of the region's inhabitants. His beginning art career read like that of a textbook academician: during the 1880s in New York, he exhibited works at the National Academy, helped found the American Fine Arts Society, trained with the marine painter Edward Moran, and studied at the Arts Students League; for his crowning "expat experience," he then moved with his wife to an artists' colony in Cornwall, England. Likely it was Laurence's subsequent adventurous experiences as an artist-war correspondent in Africa and China that triggered his wanderlust and propelled him to settle in Alaska around 1903, leaving his family behind in England. By 1920 Laurence had become a veritable commercial painter, Alaska's most famous artist with a booming studio in Anchorage, but his more modest early years in Cook Inlet, living in a makeshift camp at the foot of Mount McKinley, defined the soulful tenor of his landscapes. Laurence was interested in Alaska's unique, sublime nature, and in addition to Mount McKinley, he frequently imaged the area's noted light phenomenon, the aurora borealis.


Sydney Laurence Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
SYDNEY M. LAURENCE (American, 1865-1940) Cabin at Sunset Oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed lower
SYDNEY M. LAURENCE (American, 1865-1940)Cabin at SunsetOil on canvas16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)Signed lower ...
Lot 33223
Auction 5004
Thursday, May 8, 2008
SYDNEY MORTIMER LAURENCE (American 1865-1940) Northern Lights Oil on masonite 12 x 16 inches (30.4 x 40.6 cm) Signed
SYDNEY MORTIMER LAURENCE (American 1865-1940)Northern LightsOil on masonite12 x 16 inches (30.4 x 40.6 cm)Signed...
Lot 24042
Auction 652
Friday, May 25, 2007
SYDNEY M. LAURENCE (American, 1865-1940) Anchorage, Alaska, 1925 Oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signe
SYDNEY M. LAURENCE (American, 1865-1940)Anchorage, Alaska, 1925Oil on canvas16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)Signe...
Lot 33222
Auction 5004
Thursday, May 8, 2008
SYDNEY LAURENCE (American, 1865-1940) Whaling Ship in Alaska Watercolor, tempera and gouache on paper laid on board 8
SYDNEY LAURENCE (American, 1865-1940)Whaling Ship in AlaskaWatercolor, tempera and gouache on paper laid on board8...
Lot 68197
Auction 5198
Monday, November 17, 2014
SYDNEY LAURENCE (American, 1865-1940) Quiet Riverbend Oil on canvas laid on board 8-3/4 x 12 inches (22.2 x 30.5 cm)
SYDNEY LAURENCE (American, 1865-1940)Quiet RiverbendOil on canvas laid on board8-3/4 x 12 inches (22.2 x 30.5 cm)...
Lot 68198
Auction 5198
Monday, November 17, 2014

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