Beloved whip, conservationist and artist George “Frolic” Weymouth is all but synonymous with the Brandywine Valley. The long-time Chadds Ford resident helped found the Brandywine Conservancy and was extraordinarily active in the equine community—especially in coach driving.
Though Weymouth passed away in 2016, his legacy is very much alive. As it turns out, he was also quite a painter. And Jan. 27-June 3, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is honoring him with an unprecedented exhibition of his work. The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth features roughly 65 pieces gathered from locations across the country. “We have works dating back to his first painting done in 1948,” says museum director Thomas Padon. “It’s really interesting to see the evolution of his work. He started in portraiture and then started doing landscapes.”
Joseph Rishel, a former curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a close friend of Weymouth’s, selected the pieces. Fine art publisher Rizzoli/Skira was tapped for the impressive illustrated catalogue that accompanies the show.
As for the watercolors and oils on display, they span 60-plus years. “I hope this exhibition will give people a full sense of Frolic’s investigations in his work—the way he dug into the subject matter of the people and the landscape here,” says Padon. “That really nourished him artistically.”