Walter Franklin Lansil

Walter Franklin Lansil (1846–1925) was an American painter.

Walter Franklin Lansil was born in Bangor, Maine on March 30, 1846, to Asa Paine Lansil and Betsey Turner Grout.
He was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower and Edmund Rice an in the future immigrant to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He first studied below Jeremiah Pearson Hardy, then moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1872 afterward his younger brother and fellow painter Wilbur Henry "Bibber" Lansil (1855–1897). In 1888 the brothers sailed to Europe, where Lansil studied at the Académie Julian in Paris and became enchanted taking into consideration Venice, a city he'd paint for the burning of his life. By 1891 the brothers had returned to Boston, were perky together at 101 Maxwell Street Dorchester with their brothers Asa Brainard Lansil and Edwin Lansil and Edwin's wife and children (brothers Walter, Wilbur and Asa never married) and began holding joint exhibits at their studio in Dorchester.[page needed]

Walter Lansil was a supporter of the Boston Art Club and The Society of Sons of the Revolution. Although the New York Times called him in 1897 "the commended Venetian painter", he then painted marine scenes, battles, and portraits. In 1914 he published a memoir entitled A Trip to Venice. He died on January 22, 1925 in Boston, and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor.[better source needed]

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