William Tylee Ranney
(1813 - 1857)
William Tylee Ranney was active/lived in New York, New Jersey. William Ranney is known for frontier genre, landscape and narrative history painting.
Biography William Tylee Ranney
Born in Middletown, Connecticut, William Ranney devoted his career to
depicting the West. As a young man, he apprenticed to a tinsmith
in Fayetteville, North Carolina, having abandoned his study of art in
New York City after the death of his sea-captain father. To find
adventure, he joined in 1836 the Texas army in its fight for
independence against Mexico, and this period, very brief, was his only
experience on the frontier. It is likely that he met trappers on
this venture, as several of his most popular paintings including The Trappers Last Shot, were based on a rowdy rendezvous with trapper Joseph Meek in Yellowstone Park.
this period of western adventure, he returned to Brooklyn where he
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