William Closson

William Baxter Palmer Closson (October 13, 1848 - May 30, 1926) was an American artist.

He was born in Thetford, Vermont on October 13, 1848. His daddy David served as a Vermont legislator and his mommy Abigail was a descendant of the painter Benjamin West.

As a teenage adult, he was educated at Thetford Academy in the past graduating and full of life as a clerk in a railroad office.

Soon, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and worked as an apprentice wood engraver afterward Samuel Smith Kilburn. He studied drawing at the Lowell Institute, then went on to measure for Harper's Magazine and various publishing houses in Boston. While in Boston, he shared a studio behind painter George Fuller.

Seventeen of his paintings are in the American Art gathering at the Smithsonian Institution. He also has works upon display at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

He married Grace Worden Gallaudet Kendall, daughter of Dr. Edward Miner Gallaudet, president of Gallaudet College in Washington DC.

He died on May 30, 1926 in Hartford, Connecticut and is buried in the Gallaudet plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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