William Hays Sr
(1830 - 1875)
William Jacob Hays, Sr was active/lived in New York, Kansas. William Hays Sr is known for wild animal, game birds, dogs, still life and race horse painting.
Biography William Hays, Sr
The following is written by Jennette Durham, an intern at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, spring 2003.
William Jacob Hays, Sr. (1830-1875)
Born on August 8, 1830 in New York, NY, William Jacob Hays developed a successful career as a painter. While attending the National Academy of Design, Hays studied drawing from John Rubens Smith. His first exhibited painting at the National Academy of Design was Dogs in a Field. He went on to paint depictions of deer, race horses, game birds, fish, fruit and flowers. Beginning in May of 1860, Hays further used his skills on a three-month trip up the Missouri River to Fort Union, located in what is now the state of North Dakota. This trip would prove
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