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 William Thorne  (1864 - 1956)

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Lived/Active: Wisconsin/New York / Europe      Known for: portrait painting

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A painter, William Thorne, was born and died in Delavan, Wisconsin where he became known towards the end of his career as the Dean of Wisconsin portrait painters.  However he spent much of his early life away from his home state.  In the mid 1880s, he enrolled in evening classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 1887 and 1888, he attended the antique class of the National Academy of Design in New York City. 

Around 1890, Thorne went to Paris for three years and continued his education at the Academie Julian under Jean-Paul Laurens and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, and privately with Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant.

During this time he had portrait commissions from Americans living in Paris. He also spent time in Entretat, Normandy in 1892 and in London before returning home.

In 1902, he settled in New York City, taking a studio at Carnegie Hall.  He did portraits of prominent persons such as the children of Andrew Carnegie and Jay Gould and associated with famous artists including William Merritt Chase and John Singer Sargent. 

In 1910, William Thorne returned to Delevan, Wisconsin where he lived for the next forty-six years.

Mary Lublin, "William Thorne", Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of The National Academy of Design, David Dearinger, Editor

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