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 William Weaver (W.W.) Armstrong  (1862 - 1906)

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Lived/Active: California/Ontario      Known for: Northern California landscape painting

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Biography from Jackson's Auctioneers & Appraisers:
Apparently there has been some confusion between two artists with the initials W.W. Armstrong. The following information was found in an auction catalogue description for a painting by William Weaver Armstrong (see AskART):

“The work of William Weaver Armstrong has long been confused with that of William Wallace Armstrong (1812 – 1915 [sic]).  The California art historian Edan M. Hughes established the distinctions between the two artists in 1985.  William Wallace Armstrong was a Canadian artist who painted landscapes of the Great Lakes region, railway subjects, and Native Americans.  He never visited or painted California, and William Weaver Armstrong never left California.

William Wallace Armstrong painted exclusively in pastel and watercolor, and William Weaver Armstrong painted exclusively in oil.  William Wallace Armstrong signed his paintings "Armstrong" or "W. Armstrong" or with the initials "W" and "A" interlaced.  William Weaver Armstrong signed his paintings "W.W. Armstrong" in printed block letters.

As a consequence of this confusion, works now known to have been painted by the Californian William Weaver Armstrong were originally credited to the Canadian William Wallace Armstrong.  This knowledge considerably expands the oeuvre of William Weaver Armstrong and the collections in which his scenic California landscapes are represented.

Armstrong died of tuberculosis in 1906 at the age of forty-four.”

SOURCE: Jacksons Auction Catalogue for auction dated November 29, 2000. Lot #574 WILLIAM WEAVER ARMSTRONG (American 1862 – 1906). http://www.jacksonsauction.com/NOV29-302000/Pages/Lots%20562-618.htm.

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke, Art Historian and Collector from West Vancouver, British Columbia.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Landscape painter. Born in Ontario, NY on April 4, 1862, the son of Mary Weaver and Bradley Armstrong.

The Armstrong family moved to California in 1876 and settled in Oakland. William's only art training appears to have been from his father who was a talented painter. While maintaining a studio in Oakland, he made many painting trips in northern California from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border. A loner and a quiet, taciturn man, on one of these trips he married an Indian girl named Grace, much to the consternation of his parents.

He was first listed in the Oakland City Directory in 1884 as a farmer at 509 East Fourteenth Street; by 1887 he was listed as an artist at 1351 Telegraph Avenue; in 1903 as a partner of B. F. Jenkins at 364 7th Street; in 1906 as a carriage painter.

During his short life span he became a competent and prolific painter of California scenery. Exposure to bad weather led to his death of tuberculosis in Oakland on Nov. 26, 1906.

Exh: Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1885, 1888. In: Nevada Museum (Reno); Governors Mansion (Carson City, NV); Oakland Museum. Invw; Magazine of the Calif. Historical Society, Winter 1985; DR.
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