Young Girl Reading (1877). Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910). Although born in England, Guy became one of America’s most famous genre painters, celebrated for his delicate genre paintings of women & children in domestic environments. Several of his paintings revolved around reading. In 1852 he married Anna Maria Barber (c. 1832–1907), daughter of William Barber, an engraver. The couple had 9 children who undoubtedly served as models for their father.