Sidney Mortimer Laurence
Sydney Mortimer Laurence (1865-1940) was the foremost painter of the Alaskan landscape and his work is so well known to Alaskans as to make him a legend in the forty-ninth state. At the same time, his paintings of a romantic, unspoiled northern frontier – Mt. McKinley, trapper’s cabins and caches, quiet pools, rocky coasts, and totem poles – are little known beyond Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Even in Alaska, where his work is known to virtually every resident, the artist’s life and early career have long been shrouded in mystery, and his work has never
been placed in the larger context of the art of his time.