JUDSON, William Lees

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William Lees Judson
Avalon Bay
1895
William Lees Judson
Avalon Bay
c. 1895
William Lees Judson
Avalon Bay
July 1895


JUDSON, William Lees (1842-1928), born in England, he moved with his family to the United States when he was 10 years old. In 1893 Judson moved to Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles. Judson was at the forefront of the Arroyo Guild of Craftsmen, an influential group of artists, sculptors and architects who fueled Southern California’s Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1896 he was offered a professorship in drawing and painting at the University of Southern California. In the late 1890s, he founded the Los Angeles College of Fine Arts at his home in Garvanza (the present location of Judson Studios). In 1901, Judson's art college became USC’s College of Fine Arts, with Judson serving as dean from 1901 until his retirement in 1922. He died at his home in the studio building in October 1928.