William Guy Wall

American , 1792 - 1864

William Guy Wall was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1792. He became an accomplish artist before moving to New York City where he was a founder of the National Academy of Design. Wall exhibited at the National Academy and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He became well known in the United States for his watercolor views of the Hudson River Valley and its surrounding environment. John Hill and his son, John William Hill published a series of engravings based on Wall’s watercolors in the Hudson River Portfolio, a book that made Americans keenly aware of the beauty of their own surroundings. Wall lived in the United States from 1812 to 1835 and again from 1856 to 1860. Little is known of Walls’ career after his final return to Ireland. His son, William Archibald Wall also became a landscape painter.
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