Sunday, February 13, 2011

William Forsyth--Irvington artist

William Forsyth (1854-1935) was one of Irvington's most talented residents. A prominent local artist, Forsyth and his family dwelled at 15 South Emerson Avenue in a rambling Queen Anne style home. He won numerous prizes over the years for his impressionistic work and he taught at the Herron Art Institute for twenty-seven years. The top photo captures Forsyth in his younger years perhaps after he returned after having studied in Munich, Germany. In the bottom photo, Evelyn Forsyth, a daughter, poses with several of her friends in 1925. You can see a similar photo in a previous post. The girls are standing along Emerson Avenue in front of the Forsyth Home. (demolished) The girls featured are: bottom row--Margaret Cook, Margaret Elrod; middle row--Dotty Canfield, Evelyn Forsyth; top row--Isabelle Layman. This image is courtesy of Isabelle Layman Troyer.

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