William Willard

Ca. 1855          Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts

1855                Pennsylvania Avenue, between 4½ and 6th Streets, Washington, D. C.

1856                5½ Tremont Row, Boston, Massachusetts.

William Willard was recorded in two announcements in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C. and one entry from The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artist In America 1564-1860.  The first announcement appeared on December 18, 1855.  Henry Willard, a Boston artist of great merit, has taken a studio in the same building with Whitehurst’s Daguerreotype establishment, where he is painting the portraits of several of our distinguished men.

The second announcement appeared on December 22.  Fine Arts.—Visiting several studios this morning, we found the artists busy at their easels, apparently well content with the patronage they are receiving from an appreciating public…  Henry Willard, in the building with Vannerson, was at work on a portrait, in oils, of the Hon. Mr. De Witt, of Mass….

The entry appeared in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artist In America 1564-1860.  Willard, William (1819-1904)  Portrait painter; born March 24, 1819 at Sturbridge (Mass.)  died there November 1, 1904.  He was active in Boston during the 1850’s and exhibited at the Athenaeum Gallery.  The American Antiquarian Society owns his self-portrait and his portraits of Charles Sumner, Daniel Webster, and George Frisbie Hoar.  He also painted a panorama of Boston from Bunker Hill.  Weis Checklist of Portraits; Boston CD 1851-60; Swan, BA; Boston Evening Transcript, May 2, 1849 (courtesy of J. Earl Arrington).

William Willard is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  It is unknown if He was Associated with Southworth and Hawes or if he had a artist studio in the same building.

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