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 William R. Hamilton  (1795 - 1879)

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Lived/Active: New York / Scotland      Known for: portrait and landscape painting

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Biography from Anne Frances Moore Fine Art:
William R. Hamilton was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1795 and studied painting in Paris and in London where he was a student of Sir David Wilkie.  He was in the employment of the Duke of Hamilton in Scotland until he immigrated to New York in 1832.

A fellow Scotsman, Alexander Masterton, may have been responsible for bringing him to this country.  Masterton was a very successful contractor and quarry owner. Hamilton lived with the Masterton family in the 1830's and 40's on Broome Street in Manhattan and in Bronxville, NY while maintaining a studio on Canal Street in Manhattan.  During this period he painted individual portraits of the Masterton family, as well as a group portrait of them in 1834 that is now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Hamilton was an immediate success in New York, exhibiting at the National Academy of Design from 1833 until 1841 and at the American Art Union in 1839.  Although he also painted landscapes, he was primarily a portraitist.  He had numerous portrait commissions from wealthy New York families.  Three of his paintings are now in the New York Historical Society.

Although Hamilton returned to Scotland at least five times, he died in Cornwall-on Hudson, New York in 1879.

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