George Carter

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George Carter

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Desert Landscape - c.1950s 

- Oil on canvas
- Canvas 26 x 36 in.
- Frame 34.5 x 44.5 in. 
- Signed lower right

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About the work

A circa 1950s painting by Reno artist George Carter. The work comes from the Dallas area, where relatives of the old Reno-ite family of George Prock moved some years back. Prock is well-known for his gaming industry ties—the slots business—and was at one time owner of the Bonanza Hotel.

Images posted with our listing include circa 1950/60s photographs of the painting on the wall of Prock’s former Reno residence. The painting was originally purchased by Prock’s brother-in-law, Paul Manuel, who built Prock’s spectacular home at 375 Chevy Chase where the work hung for many years after Manuel passed away. The house was featured in the “Home Beautiful Visit” in 1968 and described in remarkable detail in a Reno Gazette-Journal article on 4 October, 1968.   

The painting is in exceptionally fine condition and housed in the original frame, which bears a Fenwick’s picture framing stamp verso. Fenwick’s was located at 263 Sierra Street in Reno. Articles in the Reno Evening Gazette mention the business between September 1949 and November 1952, which provides the likely timeframe when Carter completed this particular work.

About the artist…

George Carter created this painting during his heyday as a Nevada artist, which peaked in the 1950s and 60s. His rising notability in the early 1960s included winning second place in a regional art exhibit. Little has been published about Carter’s life, but he was said to be an eccentric who struggled with alcohol. It is said he would paint in his Reno hotel room, often trading the works for room, board, and drinks.

Carter was known for drawing on subject matter from Nevada magazines like Nevada Highways and Parks. He sold his works at the Little Waldorf, colloquially known as the “Little Wal,” which opened in 1922 and stands today as one of Reno’s oldest saloon-eateries.    

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