(1815 - 1904)
William Hillyer was active/lived in Illinois. William Hillyer is known for naive portrait, miniature.
Biography William Hillyer
The following biography is from Jim Sazevich of St. Paul, Minnesota, who has done genealogical research on the William Hillyer, Sr. family and "would like to offer this information to you for inclusion on your list of artist's biographies."
PORTRAIT ARTIST WILLIAM HILLYER, JR. (1815-1904)
William Hillyer, Jr., was born March 1815, in Portsmouth, England, the
son of William and Sarah (Earwicker) Hillyer. William, Jr. was brought
to the United States at age four, and in 1822 his family settled in New
He was taught the trade of carpentry by his father, but in his youth his love for art blossomed, and in his teen years he was already busy sketching the portraits of his Lower Manhattan neighbors. From th
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