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George Wesley Bellows was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1882. He attended Ohio State University and worked as an illustrator. In 1904 he moved to New York City to further his painting career. He studied with Robert Henri at the New York School of Art and has long been associated with “The Eight.”
Bellows is famous for his sporting scenes, especially boxing. He is a noted painter who ran a lithographic printing shop in the basement of his home in the Gramercy Park area. The young George Miller was the first master printer who worked with George Bellows, however he was not able to control the older artist’s energies. The artist and master lithographer Bolton Brown is more closely associated with printing the artist’s work. It is not unusual to find George Bellows’ lithographs signed by both Bellows and Brown.