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Will James

 (1892 - 1942)
Will Roderick James was active/lived in Montana, California, Quebec / Canada.  Will James is known for book illustration, western horse -genre painting.

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Will James


Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor.

At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him.

His writing career began when he sent in a  ...  Displaying 750 of 4281 characters.



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About  Will James

Born:  1892 - Quebec, Canada
Died:   1942 - near Billings, Montana
Known for:  book illustration, western horse -genre painting