The Battery, Evening
Artist DetailsName: George Biddle
Birth: 1885 Death: 1973
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 1931
Period: 20th Century
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 26 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches
Credit: Museum Purchase with funds provided by Thomas Bennett, Thomas Gromme, Richard C. Dailey, Nathan and Marlene Addlestone Foundation, Inc., Mary Ramsay, and Mrs. Gertrude Legendre, and gifts of Mrs. Robert B. Mayer and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Woodward
A native of Philadelphia, George Biddle graduated from Harvard Law School in 1911. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar the same year, but instead he decided to pursue a career in art. From 1911 to 1916, Biddle studied in Europe at the Académie Julian in Paris and in America at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He learned printmaking in Munich and spent summers in Giverny with Frederick Frieseke. After serving in the army during World War I, Biddle traveled extensively visiting Tahiti, Mexico and Paris.
In 1930, Biddle was commissioned by George and Ira Gershwin to illustrate the libretto for “Porgy and Bess.” He spent that spring in Charleston where he became friends with DuBose Heyward. Charleston and its cultural reawakening inspired Biddle, and he created a number of paintings of life in the Lowcountry, including The Battery, Evening.