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September 23, 2018

Oswego County Historical Society to Host Lecture on 19th Century Oswego artist Charles H. Grant


OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host the next lecture of the 2015 season on September 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum located at 135 E. Third St., Oswego.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host a lecture on September 27. The program is entitled "Cloning Neptune: Recreating a Masterpiece of Charles H. Grant." Pictured is guest speaker and artist Don Gillespie sketching his artwork.

The Oswego County Historical Society will host a lecture on September 27. The program is entitled “Cloning Neptune: Recreating a Masterpiece of Charles H. Grant.” Pictured is guest speaker and artist Don Gillespie sketching his artwork.

The event is free and open to the public.

Oswego County native Don Gillespie will present a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Cloning Neptune: Recreating a Masterpiece of Charles H. Grant.”

Gillespie is a successful aerospace and multi-media artist, who is a current resident of Florida.

He has been researching the life of his great-grandfather, Williams Shayes, who was prominent professional photographer in Oswego during the late 19th century.

Shayes had a significant connection to artist Charles H. Grant, who was born in Oswego in 1866.

Grant was a well-known artist who lived for many years in Oswego before moving to San Francisco in 1912 for the remainder of his life and career.

Grant’s most famous painting was titled “At the Mercy of Neptune” and was first on display in 1896 at the art gallery and photography studio owned by Shayes in downtown Oswego.

The painting was 9 feet by 5 feet wide, and had been featured in other exhibits including the New York State Fair in 1897.

It was eventually owned by an Oswego family and has since disappeared.

“Mr. Gillespie has been recreating the Grant masterpiece through extensive research and details,” said Justin White, president of the historical society. “This is an incredible story to tell from the very beginning to the present.”

Gillespie has been working on the painting in residence at the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego and it is near completion.

It was also recently featured at the 2015 New York State Fair, just as the original one had been.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of county.

The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum, a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-5 p.m., and other days by appointment.

For more information, call the museum during regular hours at 343-1342.

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