John William Casilear

John William Casilear (June 25, 1811 – August 17, 1893) was an American landscape player belonging to the Hudson River School.

Casilear was born in New York City. His first professional training was under prominent New York engraver Peter Maverick in the 1820s, then like Asher Durand, himself an engraver at the time. Casilear and Durand became friends, and both worked as engravers in New York through the 1830s.

By the middle 1830s Durand had become enthusiastic in landscape painting through his friendship when Thomas Cole. Durand, in turn, drew Casilear's attention to painting. By 1840, Casilear's immersion in art was sufficiently strong to accompany Durand, John Frederick Kensett, and artiste Thomas Prichard Rossiter upon a European trip during which they sketched scenes, visited art museums, and fostered their concentration in painting.

Casilear gradually developed his gift in landscape art, painting in the style that was complex to become known as the Hudson River School. By the center 1850s he had very ceased his engraving career supportive of painting full-time. He was elected a full devotee of the National Academy of Design in 1851, having been an associate aficionado since 1833, and exhibited his works there for beyond fifty years.

Casilear died in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1893. Today examples of his art are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and Ringwood Manor, Ringwood, NJ. And the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

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