William Lees Judson was a leader among early California plein air painters. Not only was he one of the first artists to live and work in Los Angeles, but he deeply cared about the surrounding landscape—and was in fact a crusader for clean air, winning battles for conservation and environmental concerns. Judson acutely believed in preserving the sense of freedom, natural beauty, and quality craftsmanship that was then the lifestyle of southern California at the turn-of-the-twentieth-century. His endeavours succeeded to a large degree.

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