George Castleden


An Englishman by birth and art training, Castleden came to the American South in 1901, and then settled in New Orleans in 1921. He was captivated by the Old World Charm of the French Quarter, documenting the buildings in his painting and later in etchings, which he produced as fine art and in postcard series for tourists. At his studio on St. Peter Street, he advertised himself as a portrait painter as was the custom for artists. Castleden was an active member of the art community and a staunch preservationist of old New Orleans. As an artist of prominence, he was commissioned to decorate the dining room of D.H. Holmes Department Store on Canal Street with large landscapes of lowland Louisiana in 1934.

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