John Rutherford Boyd
(1884 - 1951)

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Study of Magnolias

John Rutherford Boyd was born in 1884 in Philadelphia, where he enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art under Thomas Anshutz. After relocating to New York in 1905, he shortened his name to Rutherford Boyd and studied at the Art Students League. Boyd worked as an illustrator who tailored his artistic skills to commercial advertising and New York magazines, such as the Saturday Evening Post, McClure’s, Success, and Delineator. His career soon developed into that of a painter, sculptor, lecturer, and art teacher, and both his artwork and teachings reflect a strong interest in geometry and design. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Architectural League of New York, and the Salmagundi Club. Later in life, he settled in Leonia, New Jersey and became one of the central members of the town’s art community.





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