William Holbrook Beard
(1824 - 1900)
William Holbrook Beard was active/lived in New York, Kansas. William Beard is known for animal, sporting scenes, portrait and landscape painting.
Biography William Holbrook Beard
Born in Painesville, Ohio, William Beard painted anthropomorphic, satiric genre scenes with animals engaged in human activity, and frequently bears were his symbols for human beings.
Early in his career, he was basically self-taught although he painted with his older brother, James Henry Beard. In 1845, he set up a studio in New York City, joining his brother, but his portrait skills did not earn him much money or attention. Five years later he moved to Buffalo, hoping to find more success, but he was disappointed.
From 1856 to 1858, having saved enough money to travel, he went to Europe. In Dusseldorf, Germany, he met and painted with many American artists including Emanuel Leutze, Sanford Gifford, Worthington Wh
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