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William Dering

 (mid 1700s)
William Dering was active/lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania.  William Dering is known for naive portrait painting, dancing teacher.

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William Dering


A portrait painter and dancing teacher, William Dering lived in Philadelphia from 1735 to about 1740; Williamsburg, Virginia, from 1740 to 1749; and Charleston, South Carolina from 1749.  Nothing is known about him until he appeared in Philadelphia in 1735, opened a dancing school and advertised as a dancing master.  He also "advised he would teach reading, writing, sewing and French."

By 1740, he was in Williamsburg, Virginia and was teaching dancing in what was described as the "newest French manner".  He also organized balls and other galas.  Around this time, he began portrait painting, and about eleven portraits are linked to him, based upon similarity to one of his early signed portraits, Mrs. Drury Smith  ...  Displaying 750 of 1588 characters.



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