The following information was submitted by Jackie Heinl:
William Charles Baker came to Cornell University as a student in 1894, and, after graduation in 1898, spent most of the next sixty-four years painting in Ithaca and teaching at Cornell.
As an undergraduate at Cornell his drawing ability was so outstanding in biological courses that various professors called upon him for illustrations for their publications. He began his career by teaching drawing in Sibley College (Engineering) for four years. It was during this period that he decided to make a career in art.
At the request of Liberty Hyde Bailey, he returned to Cornell in 1905 to do illustrations for Dr Bailey's Cyclopedia of Agricultu
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