George T. TOBIN
George Timothy Tobin (1864-1956) was born in Weybridge, Vermont where he also seems to have grown up. By early adulthood, having shown some promise as a self-taught artist, George Tobin relocated to New York City, where he worked in a dry goods store to make a living. While there he took night classes at Cooper Union when his time would permit it. Thanks to his acquaintance of George Brush, whom Tobin admired, and whose acquaintance he made while works occasionally at the Art Student’s League, he gave up his day job and became a teacher in the Workmen’s School, conducted by Felix Adler’s Ethical Society. Free to draw and paint full-time George Tobin quickly developed a strong ability for portraiture, while not shying away from other subjects. Settled in New Rochelle, where he seems to have lived for a long time, Tobin made a living as an illustrator, as a teacher, and as an in-demand portraitist. He left behind a great many portraits of dignitaries, as well as illustrational drawings. As a printmaker he is known for fine shaded drypoints, which almost look like etchings. These works are mostly depictions of people, with a certain propensity towards the female nude.