George W. Maynard, 1877

George Willoughby Maynard (1843-1923), portrait and mural painter, was born in Washington, D.C. He studied in Antwerp and Florence before traveling through Europe with Francis D. Millet. He returned to New York City in 1874. It is possible that Saint-Gaudens had met Maynard in 1867 when they were both attending classes at the National Academy of Design, but it is more likely that they did not become acquainted until 1876, while they were both assisting painter John La Farge on the Trinity Church frescoes. Maynard studied in Paris in 1877-78. He became a member of the National Academy of Design in 1882, the Society of American Artist, and the Tile Club. In 1907, he married Louise Brownell of Brooklyn.