Find, Learn, Price Art
Enjoy the comprehensive art database we've compiled since 1987
Membership Details
Images, sales charts, bios, signatures, 30 artist Alerts and more ...
Art auction records:  Millions of references for pricing research
Or, register for Free Alerts
To track 10 artists.

Already a member?  Sign in here

William Toler

 (1826 - 1899)
William Pinkney Toler was active/lived in California.  William Toler is known for portrait, landscape.

Biography  
William Toler


Born in Caracas, Venezuela on Dec. 23, 1826, the son of an American diplomat. Toler was educated in Washington, DC and joined the U.S. Navy at age 14. As a midshipman under the command of Commodore Jones, he hoisted the first American flag up the flag pole of the Custom House at Monterey in 1846. He resigned from the Navy in 1848 and accepted a position as assistant to the alcalde in San Francisco. After his marriage in 1853 to Maria Peralta, whose family owned the large land grant which is now the city of Oakland, he settled in San Leandro where he spent his remaining years. Toler died there on Jan. 24, 1899. Exh: Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1886-87; Oakland Museum, Tropical Show, 1971.

Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.  ...  Displaying 949 of 699 characters.



Subscriber Members, please Sign In for artist biographies and for all services.  Others, full text is available on Fridays.

If you are not currently a member, please See Details about membership, which includes biography access, auction records, and many other features available to our day, month, or yearly Subscriber Members!

  Full access to biographies is
  free each Friday

About  William Toler

Born:  1826 - Caracas, Venezuela
Died:   1899 - San Leandro, California
Known for:  portrait, landscape