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 William Page  (1811 - 1885)

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Lived/Active: New York / Italy      Known for: portrait, figure, history, allegory

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William Page
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Portraits of Sargent Smith Littlehale and Ednah Parker Dow Littlehale
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Albany, New York, William Page was called the "American Titian" because of his strong use of color and provacative qualities. Many thought of him as the heir to the style and subject matter of Washington Allston because of his painting of portraits and traditional classical subjects in academic style and use of luminous glazing techniques.

At age 9, Page moved to New York City with his family. As a young man, he worked for a law firm before studying with portraitist James Herring in 1825. In 1827, he began study with Samuel Morse and at the National Academy of Design, receiving a silver medal.

In Albany and Boston, he established himself as a portraitist, and then settled in Italy for eleven years. There he became friends with Robert and Elizabeth Browning and intellectually elite Americans. He also became involved with spiritualism and the Swedenborgian religion and briefly abandoned art to study for the ministry. In 1860, he returned to the U.S.

From 1871 to 1873, he was President of the National Academy of Design, but was not popular with his peers because his work was regarded as idiosyncratic. His best-known painting is "Cupid and Psyche", completed in 1843 for the National Academy Exhibition and now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. However, it was rejected by the Academy jury because of its overt eroticism.

Matthew Baigell, "Dictionary of American Art"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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