(Yeardsley cum Whaley, England, 1854 - 1944, Coalville, Utah)
George Beard was a pioneer painter and photographer who was multi talented. He was born in the little hamlet of Stoneheads, near Whaley Bridge, Cheshire, England, but died in Coalville, Utah. About two years after his settlement in Coalville, he was hired as a chore boy with the town's branch of ZCMI and worked there with great success for over fifty years. Essentially a self-taught artist, Beard met and began painting with Carl Anderson (q.v.) in the 1870's. About the same time he also became a photographer under the tutelage of Charles R. Savage (q.v.). He found time for extensive excursions into the surrounding mountains, painting and photographing dramatic mountain panoramas throughout a very productive lifetime.