George H. Taggart
Taggart was born in Port Washington, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. He was notable as both a portrait painter and a landscape painter. He studied in Paris under William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gabriel Ferrier, and Jules Joseph Lefèvre, three traditional painters at the Académie Julian.
While abroad, he exhibited a painting at the Paris Salon, and won an honorable mention at the International Exposition in Toulouse. In 1898, Taggart exhibited at the National Academy of Design’s Autumn Exhibition in New York. In 1900, he travelled to Salt Lake City where he received commissions from Brigham Young University and from the Mormon Temple of the Church of Latter Day Saints. In 1906, he had another portrait selected for an exhibition at the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo.
Taggart’s works were included in the collections of Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II and of Mexico City’s Governor Landa y Escandón.