(1727 - 1791)
William Williams was active/lived in Pennsylvania. William Williams is known for naive full-length portrait and allegory painting.
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Biography William Williams
Born in Bristol, England, William Williams was self-taught as a painter who, by age 20, was painting portraits, including conversation pieces which at that time were an innovation. He also became a teacher of the young Benjamin West, who later credited Williams as his primary inspiration.
Later in his career, Williams did some allegorical works including Woman With a Book, which was acquired by Deerfield Academy. Although he was in the Colonies for 30 years, only about twelve paintings are certified as being painted by him. These works were not identified until the mid 1930s, and they are distinctive for their tight detailing with figures posed against theatrical, stage-set like backdrops.
The son of a sailor, he was
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