George Winter (artist)
George Winter (June 10, 1809 – February 1, 1876) was an English-born landscape and portrait artiste who immigrated to the United States in 1830 and became an American citizen in northern Indiana's Wabash River valley. Winter was one of Indiana's first professional artists. In addition, he is considered the state's most significant painter of the first half of the nineteenth century. Winter is especially noted for his sketches, watercolors, and oil portraits that pay for a visual photo album of the Potawatomi and Miami people in northern Indiana from 1837 to the 1840s, as well as other figures drawn from his firsthand observations on the American frontier.
Winter is better known for the historic value and subject situation of his work, rather than his artistic capability and mastery of technique. Not well known external of Indiana during his lifetime, Winter gained notice later than his portrait of Frances Slocum, a Quaker who was abducted in Pennsylvania by Delaware (Lenape) warriors considering she was a child and grew going on to become the wife of a Miami chief in Indiana. The Slocum portrait, along subsequently his new work, has appeared in several publications and art exhibitions. Winter's art and extra materials are represented in public collections in Indiana (Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art), Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.