Born Wilmos Bela Sandorhaji at his family estate in Sandorhaji, Hungary on Sept. 14, 1882. He studied art for eight years at the Royal Academy of Budapest followed by further study in Paris at Ecole des Beaux Arts. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1910, he established a reputation as a portrait painter in NYC with such sitters as the evangelist Billy Sunday and the Woolworth family. At the beginning of WWI he settled in Los Angeles and, due to anti-German sentiment, changed his name to William S. Darling. He then began a 30-year career as supervising art director for 20th Century Fox Studios, winning three Oscars and several nominations for his settings. During his leisure he began painting landscapes en plein air as well as nocturna
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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