Orlando Gray Wales
Orlando Gray Wales (also O.G. Wales) (1865–1933) was an American landscape painter and Pennsylvania impressionist who lived and painted in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Wales was considered to be one of the best still-life artists of the day.
Wales was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts following William Merritt Chase and Alphonse Mucha.
He first exhibited in 1912 at the studio of fellow painter (and photographer) Arlington Nelson Lindenmuth. A Wales painting was one of the first 110 works acquired and exhibited by the Allentown Art Museum on its foundation in 1936.
He maintained a studio at Tenth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown.
As a teacher, his students included John E. Berninger and Clarence Dreisbach. Wales maintained a lifelong friendship similar to illustrator, painter and printmaker Ella Sophonisba Hergesheimer, who was plus raised in Allentown and as a consequence studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.