William Bliss Baker
William Bliss Baker (November 27, 1859 – November 20, 1886) was an American artist who began painting just as the Hudson River School was winding down. Baker began his studies in 1876 at the National Academy of Design, where he studied following Bierstadt and de Haas. He forward-thinking maintained studios in Clifton Park, New York; and New York City, where he painted in oils and watercolors. He completed higher than 130 paintings, including several in black and white.
At age 26, Baker was just introduction to hit his stride as a landscape painter considering he died at his father's house at Hoosick Falls, New York. The New York Times said that his death "deprived America of one of its most promising artists."