OSCEOLA, SEMINOLE CHIEF, A QUESTION:

Could this portrait of Osceola, sold as “attributed to George Catlin,” be from his “Cartoon Collection” and actually painted by the master himself? Read on. George Catlin famous for his portraits of North American Indians, arrived in Pensacola in February 1838. He had been on the trail, painting and 85 documenting the life of American Indians, since 1832. Catlin had just come from Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, where he met and painted portraits of the Seminole Indian leaders Osceola, Micanope, Yehowlogee and Neamathla. He completes the painting shortly before the famous chief died, of a throat infection and, in Catlin’s… Read more »

Tahiti Beach, Coral Gables, Florida 1926

I just got this painting of Tahiti Beach by a Minnesota professor of Entomology who had family in Coral Gables and visited often. I think if could use a cleaning, it’s 96 years old, but excited at the find, wanted to get it here. I’ll repost a cleaned picture later. There are people on the beach and Miami Beach in the distance. For more on the artist go to Meet the Artists or just use Search. Frederick L. Washburn, Tahiti Beach, Coral Gables, 1926. Oil on canvas, 18 by 20 inches with exhibit label from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts… Read more »

For years I have watched and admired Sam and Robie Vickers and their collection of Florida art.

When I moved back to Florida in 1980, I knew nothing about art in Florida. A year or two later I bought my first Florida painting by Sam Stoltz. In a pecky cypress frame, it depicted a flamingo and egret flying side by side over the Everglades. I hung It on a blank white wall in my condo on Pass a Grille. As my interest in Florida art grew, I began to hear from antique and art dealers about the Vickers and their collection of Florida art. One day I opened The Magazine Antiques and found an article reviewing the… Read more »

Artists of Old Florida, Hello Again

It’s been six years since I opened this website to introduce The Artists of Old Florida to the public. Two years ago, I was still working in the ER at Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, dividing my time between medicine and research on The Artists. Covid and the Pandemic came along and, at the age of 81, believing the risks to me in remaining in the ER were too great, I retired, telling my colleagues that now I could devote full time to The Artists of Old Florida. And that’s just what I’ve been doing, adding to a… Read more »

MEET GEORGE SNOW HILL AND POLLY KNIPP HILL By Alfred R. Frankel

If there were two people, a married couple, in the history of Florida art that epitomized a life of romance and dedication to the highest principles of creative art, it was George Snow Hill and his wife Polly Knipp Hill. The couple, in my mind, represent the very essence of what living a life in art means. George was likely Florida’s finest muralist, Polly its most prolific and sensitive etcher of Florida and the American scene. Their work can easily be found on the internet. Polly had a definitive exhibit at the University of Georgia in 2012, twenty-three years after… Read more »