Biografie von William E. MCMASTER (1823-?)

Birth place: Ballston Spa, NY

Addresses: Auburn, NY, until 1845; NYC, 1845-59

Profession: Portrait and figure painter

Studied: Randall Palmer (before 1845) and Charles Loring Eliott, both in Auburn, NY (1840s)

Exhibited: Illinois State Fair, October, 1855; Brooklyn AA, 1867-68; NAD, 1871-73; PAFA Ann., 1881

Comments: He is known to have visited Chicago in 1855, and he is last heard of in Charleston, SC, as painter of a portrait of Calhoun in March 1860.

Sources: G&W; Champlin and Perkins, IV (Supp.); Thieme-Becker; Cowdrey, NAD; NYBD 1848, 1859; Chicago BD 1855; Chicago Daily Press, October 11 and 13, 1855; Rutledge, Artists in the Life of Charleston. More recently, see Gerdts, Art Across America, vol. 1, 190.

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