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A.E. Backus 

The A. E. Backus Museum boasts the largest selection of A.E. Backus original paintings anywhere. Our consignment selection encompasses Backus' many subjects and styles. Whether you yearn for a 'Piney Woods', a 'Glades', or 'Jamaican Beach Scene', you are most likely to find what you are looking for at the Backus Museum. 

If you are interested in purchasing or selling a Backus painting through the museum's consignment program, please contact the museum at info@backusmuseum.com or call 772-465-0630 for more information. 


                                 Click here to view A.E. Backus Paintings for Sale
Indian River School: The Highwaymen and Other Artists of Merit

Indian River School Artists 

The Indian River School painters were students or close artistic compatriots of Backus. Highly regarded for the skill and quality of their artwork, their beautiful paintings, primarily of Florida landscapes, have continued to increase in value. 
The Indian River School painters whose work is handled within the museum's consignment program include: Don D. Brown, James Hutchinson, Therese Knowles, Margaret Z. Smith, Julie Enders, Annie Nobles Miller, Jackie Schindehette and Jackie Brice

Florida Highwaymen

The Highwaymen were a group of African-American landscape painters who were inspired and mentored by A.E. Backus. While only Alfred Hair was technically a student, Backus' influence extended to the twenty-six (give or take a few) artists who have been given the moniker "The Highwaymen".

This group of entrepreneurial painters includes: Alfred Hair, Harold Newton, Sam Newton, Lemuel Newton, Curtis Arnett, Hezekiah Baker, Al Black, Ellis Buckner, George Buckner, Robert Butler, Mary Ann Carroll ( the groups only woman), Johnny Daniels, Willie Daniels, Rodney Demps, James Gibson, Isaac Knight, Robert Lewis, John Maynor, Roy McLendon, Alfonso "Pancho" Moran, Willie Regan, Livingston Roberts, Carnell Smith, Charles Walker, Sylvester Wells and Charles "Chico" Wheeler.



500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 (P) 772-465-0630 (E) Info@backusmuseum.com


A.E. Backus Sketches 

A series of eighteen reproductions of original A.E. Backus sketches were released as a portfolio titled “Florida and the West Indies, Sketches by A.E. Backus” (examples of 4 below). 1,000 limited edition portfolios were printed. Over the years, the portfolios were broken up and individual reproductions regularly surface. 

The quality of the portfolio was excellent. Many naturally assume that the prints are original sketches. Sadly, they are not. Before contacting the Museum about your Backus sketch, please take a moment to peruse the prints to see if yours is one from the portfolio. If it is, it is of modest value. Frame it and enjoy it. If it isn’t part of the portfolio, then you may assume it is an original and has some significant value. A complete portfolio with all 18 images, the cover and biographical insert is also of significant value. Recent sales of complete portfolios have been in the         $800 - $1,000 range, depending upon condition. 

Click on the link below to see all of the sketches.