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 William Henry Lippincott  (1849 - 1920)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: interior, children's portrait, landscape, genre and stage set painting, etching

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BIOGRAPHY for William Lippincott
1849 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1920 (New York City)

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interior, children's portrait, landscape, genre and stage set painting, etching

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915
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Born in Philadelphia, William Lippincott was a painter of interiors, portraits, landscapes, figure and genre scenes, who eventually settled in New York City and taught at the National Academy of Design. He was also noted as a painter of set designs including for "La Boheme" and "Salambo", and as an illustrator.

He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1874, he went to Paris, studied with Leon Bonnat, became a plein-air painter, shared a studio with Americans Edwin Blashfield, Milne Ramsey, and Charles Pearce. He exhibited in the Paris Salons until 1882 and then returned to the United States where he set up a studio in New York City. He exhibited regularly for more than 40 years at the National Academy of Design, elected an associate member in 1884 and a full academician in 1897. He taught at the Academy and was key to setting up still life as a regular part of the curriculum. He emphasized to his students the importance of color and form as well as drawing.

In addition to the National Academy, Lippincott was a member of the New York Etching Club, Philadelphia Sketch Club, and American Watercolor Society.

He died after being hit by a train in Pennsylvania in 1920.

Sources include:
Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Additional information about his death courtesy of Susan M. Stevenson, a relative.

Biography from Odon Wagner Gallery:
William Henry Lippincott was born December 6, 1849 in Philadelphia. He began his formal art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
At the young age of twenty-five, Lippincott traveled to Paris where he shared an apartment with American artists Edwin Blashfield, Charles S. Pearce and Milne Ramsey. He began his studies under Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat (1833-1922) at the Société de Artistes Français. Lippincott remained in Paris for eight years. He became a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salons along with his American colleagues.
Lippincott returned to the United States in 1882 and established a studio in New York City at 1293 Broadway. He became the professor of painting at the National Academy of Design. Lippincott pursued his career painting portraits, figurative compositions and landscapes. He was a regular contributor to American Exhibitions at the Chicago Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and the National Academy.  He also exhibited at the 1878 Universal Exposition, Paris.
Lippincott was elected Associate Member of the National Academy in 1884 and received full status in 1896. Lippincott was also a member of the American Watercolor Society, Society of American Etchers and the Century Association.

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