George Charles Aid (George Charles Aid)

George Charles Aid

Artist. Born and raised in Quincy, Illinois. He received his primary art education at the St. Louis School of Fine Art. George worked as a staff artist for the St. Louis newspapers before moving to France in 1899. Once he arrived in France he began his studies at the Academie Julian in Paris with renowned painters Benjamin Jean-Joseph Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens. George remained in France for the next fifteen years. In 1902, he was one out of 25 artists featured in a special issue of The Studio, and in 1904, won a silver medal in the St. Louis fair. The hardships of World War I in France forced him to move back to the United States. In 1920, He and his wife, Mary Orr, bought a vineyard in Tryon, North Carolina. It was in North Carolina that George was able to concentrate on his fine art again. He built a reputation as a portrait artist during the 1920s and was commissioned to paint “The Baptism of Virginia Dare”, which was later donated to the Mint Museum. His health began to decline in 1935, and the “Virginia Dare” piece was his last painting. Before his death he did get to finish commissions of Davidson College and North Carolina State College. George has paintings in many museum and private collections throughout the United States including The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, Tryon’s History Museum and Lanier Library. (bio by: Shock)  Family links:  Spouse:  Mary Orr Aid (1880 – 1977)*  Children:  George Charles Aid (1919 – 2005)* *Calculated relationship


  • August, 26, 1872
  • USA


  • May, 05, 1938
  • USA


  • Silver Brook Cemetery
  • USA

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