|George Canning Wales was a leading American marine etcher and painter of the early twentieth century. Wales spent the first part of his life as an architect. To this end he studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1885 to 1888. He first worked for the architectural company of Peabody & Stearns and then founded his own Boston architectural firm which he managed from 1893 to 1924. George C. Wales first studied etching in 1917 under William M. Paxton. His first published etchings such as, Susan Drew of Salem, date from that year. In 1921 Goodspeed's Bookshop in Boston launched a major exhibition of Wales's etchings and lithographs.