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W. Elmer Schofield
American, (Philadelphia, PA, 1867 - 1944, Cornwall, England)

Lower Falls, 1915
American Painting
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (64.8 x 74.9 cm), without frame

Bequest of Mrs. Ernest R. Willard,  40.42

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When Director George Herdle invited artists to exhibit their work at the Memorial Art Gallery, he often included an invitation for them to visit Rochester, give a talk, and meet potential patrons.  Such was the case with Walter Elmer Schofield's 1915 exhibition.  In March, he came to Rochester, spent time braving cold weather in various locales and painted at least two canvases.  As he stood by his easel on the Driving Park Bridge overlooking the Lower Falls of the Genesee River, a news photographer happened upon him and took his picture for the March 3, 1915, newspaper.  The headline?  "Artist Braves March Weather to Paint Lower River".

[Gallery label text, 2007]