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William Bancroft

 (1860 - 1932)
William Henry Bancroft was active/lived in Colorado, Arizona / England.  William Bancroft is known for landscape and trompe l'oeil still-life painting.

Biography   William Bancroft


Born in Derby, England to a farm family, William Bancroft was educated in local schools and then earned a drafting scholarship to the Royal Academy in London.  He also studied briefly at the University of Manchester.

He ran away from home, and traveled to the American West where he joined General Crook's scouts in Santa Fe, and with his troops fought Apaches for two years in Arizona.  In 1878, Bancroft studied for several months at the Saint Louis Art School and then went to Leadville, Colorado where he decorated bars and painted signs. There he met Thomas Moran and accompanied him on a sketching trip.

In 1881, he went to Colorado Springs and painted landscapes and some "trompe l'oeil" still lifes in the manner of   ...  Displaying 750 of 1497 characters.

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