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William McKendree Snyder

 (1848 - 1930)
William McKendree Snyder was active/lived in Indiana.  William Snyder is known for portrait and forest interior view painting.

William McKendree Snyder

Biography from the Archives of askART

William McKendree Snyder (December 20, 1848-September 1930) was an American painter active in Indiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries best known for detailed Indiana landscapes. He was one of the first artists to paint in Brown County, Indiana making him a forerunner of the Brown County Art Colony.

He was born in Liberty, Indiana to a prominent Methodist minister, William W. Snyder. The family later moved to Madison, Indiana and it was there that Snyder is best known for his landscape paintings of southern Indiana Beech trees, though he was also known to paint portraits, still lifes, and other subjects.

Heavily influenced by the Hudson River School, Snyder studied with some America's most important artists of the day including Albert Bierstadt, Charles Warren Eaton, William Morris Hunt and George Inness.

Snyder's work is in numerous public and private collections including the Indiana State Museum and Hanover College.

"William McKendree Snyder," Wikipedia, 22 Jan. 2016

Biography from the Archives of askART
A descendant of German immigrants, William McKendree Snyder studied with George Inness, Albert Bierstadt and William Hunt.  He was born in Liberty, Indiana, and lived in Madison and Columbus, Indiana.  Snyder fought in the Civil War on the Union side and reportedly survived the infamous Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp.  Snyder was one of the first to paint the landscape of Brown County, Indiana.

Submitted as a bulletin by:
Bob Higgins

One of the earliest artists to paint in Brown County, Indiana, William Snyder was a landscape painter from Madison, Indiana.  He specialized in dense forests, especially beech trees.  His very detailed style was influenced by the Hudson River School.
He signed his work W.M. Snyder but in the 1890s he also signed W. McK.

Sources include:
Treadway Toomey Galleries

Biography from the Archives of askART
Mr. Snyder was a member of the Wonderland Way Art Club in New Albany, Indiana and painted occasionally with James L. Russell who was the President and founder of the 300 member Wonderland Way artist community. 

My wife and I have donated a large collection of Wonderland Way artists works to the Indiana University Southeast campus in New Albany, Indiana and this collection (with a beautiful oil Beech Tree Scene of Synders) hangs in the Ogle Center on campus at IUS.

Submitted by Don Smith.  He and his wife Kathy Smith are Art Collectors.

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About  William McKendree Snyder

Born:  1848 - Liberty, Indiana
Died:   1930
Known for:  portrait and forest interior view painting