The Kingsnorth House
Carl “Gus” Nelson
Swedish- American (Artist with ties to Sioux City)
The Kingsnorth House, 1929
oil on canvas
Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection; 984.14
Gift of the artist
Nelson depicted the Kingsnorth house in all of its aging glory, from the ironwork and trim to the fading siding, uneven front steps, and window treatments. The result is a more vivid and poignant painting of the house than would have been possible with a more even rendering of all details in the scene. This house was owned by George W. Kingsnorth, an early settler of Sioux City and former mayor, and was the home of his daughter, Alice Lawler. Lawler was one of the founders of the Sioux City Society of Fine Arts and served as its first president.