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George Frank Reiss 

(Kendal 1893-1973)


Chrysanthemums in a jug, with a frog  *SOLD*


woodcut on paper

signed lower right 'Geo. F. Reiss, 1926' 

edition 21/40

image size: 23 x 16 cm. 


George Reiss was born in Kendal to his butcher father, who came from Buchemule in Germany. George and hisbrother Conrad took on the family business at 15 Kendal Market Place, but astonishingly, although George was self-taught in the art of watercolour painting and wood-engraving, he went on to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy and the Lake Artists’ Society, and Chairman of the Kendal Art Society. He exhibited widely at the Royal Academy, the Paris Salon and the Royal Scottish Academy. For years he designed the British Royal family’s Christmas cards. 


Known as Frank, Reiss was an active member of the Rotary Club of Kendal and was its president from 1943 – 1944. He was also a church warden and ‘Church Husband’ at Holy Trinity, Kendal.


Source: The Westmorland Gazette, 27 September 2012


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