William Guy Wall

1792 - 1864

William Guy Wall was an American painter of Irish birth.
Wall was born in Dublin in 1792 and arrived in New York in 1812. He was already a well trained artist and soon became well known for his sensitive watercolor views of the Hudson River Valley and surroundings. Some of these watercolors were published as engravings by John Hill and his son John William Hill in the Hudson River Portfolio, one of the first publications to make Americans aware of the beauty of their own country. Wall's landscapes were straightforward representations of America's awe-inspiring vistas—neither romanticized nor idealized. He is classified as either a forerunner or an early member of the Hudson River school. Wall was a founding member of the National Academy of Design and exhibited frequently at such institutions as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Apollo Association. He lived in America from 1812 to 1835 and again from 1856 to 1860. He returned to Ireland in 1860 and died in Dublin in 1864. William Guy Wall's son, William Archibald Wall, was also a landscape painter.
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