William Edward West
(1788 - 1857)
William Edward West was active/lived in Kentucky, Tennessee / Europe. William West is known for portrait, some marine, narrative.
Biography William Edward West
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, William Edward West was first instructed by his father, a silversmith. By 1809, the young artist was living in Philadelphia where he established a studio in support of his burgeoning career as an itinerant portraitist. His stylistic development in this field can be examined in three distinct phases. During the Philadelphia years, from 1809-1817, West worked briefly with Thomas Sully and adopted the elder artist's compositional formats. Following a short itinerancy in the lower Mississippi Valley, circa 1817-1819, West, like many of his peers, embarked upon a European sojourn. While enrolled at the academy in Florence, Italy, West began to incorporate rich old master coloration and more fully developed anatomical
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