Willard Poinsette Snyder (1853-1934)


Willard Poinsette Snyder (1853-1934)
American Golden Age illustrator & wood engraver ;
mostly known as W.P. Snyder ; W. P. Snyder ; Willard P Snyder ;
[Born February, 1853 in Philadelphia, PA – died 1934 in Atlantic City, NJ or Summit, NJ]


FAD record control number: 30105

Record level: Person

Record type: Artist


Willard Poinsette Snyder (1853-1934) biography:

Birth: February, 1853 in Philadelphia, PA ;
Death: 1934 in Atlantic City, NJ or Summit, NJ ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ;
Zodiac: Aquarius or Pisces ;

Known for: Book illustrations ;
Medium: Oil ; pen & ink ; watercolor ;
Technique: Painting ; drawing ;
Subjects: Genre ; literature ; allegory ; daily life ;

Areas: Philadelphia, PA (1853-ca.1877) ; New York, NY (ca.1877-1884) ; Hoboken, NJ (1900-1905) ; Atlantic City, NJ (1910-1930) ; Summit, NJ (1923-1935) ;
Region: North East ;
Lived: 28 East 14th Street, New York, NY (1884) ; 171 Palisade Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ (1905) ; Atlantic City, NJ (1910-1930) ; Summit, NJ (1923-1935) ;
Father: Henry M Snyder (1828-1899), well known wood engraver and partner in Van Ingen & Snyder (1856-1891), Philadelphia, PA with William B. Van Ingen (1858-1955) ;
Mother: Caroline [also Carolaine] N Snyder (1833-1915) ;
Relatives: Anna P Snyder (1855-?), sister ; Henry M Snyder (1858-?), brother ; Jessie L Snyder (1862-1932), sister, also an artist ; Frank Snyder (1863- ), brother ; Mary Snyder (1868-1871), sister ;
Spouse: Florence A Kimball (Day) Snyder (1864-1932), married February 26, 1844 in Union City, NJ, divorced? ca.1916-ca.1920 ;

Training: Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1868-1870) ;
Work: Illustrated : Grandma’s attic treasures : a story of old-time memories by Mary D. Brine (E.P. Dutton & Co, New York, 1881) ; Annie and Willie’s prayer, a Christmas story in verse by Sophia P Snow (1884) ; Some one produced a fiddle, and they danced, pen & ink drawing from article “Wakulla” by Kirk Munroe (Harper’s young people : an illustrated weekly (1884) ; Negro prayer-meeting, wood engraving (Harper’s Weekly #30 (September, 1886) ;


Member: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, artist member (ca.1877) ;
Exhibited with: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (1878) ; Boston Art Club, Boston, MA (1884) ;

Milestones: Part of creating the American school of illustration ; Father was well known wood engraver, Henry M Snyder (1828-1899) of printing house Van Ingen & Snyder (1856-1891) ; Went to school with Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911) (1868) whom also apprenticed under Snyder’s father at Van Ingen & Snyder (1856-1891) ;

Notes: Not to be confused with Willard P. Snyder, Jr. (1907-1999) of Ashland, PA who attended PAFA and intended to be an illustrator, but became a dealer of rare stamps ;  or Willard P. Snyder, Jr.’s relatives Willard P Snyder, Sr. (1914-1995) and Willard P. Snyder II (1948-2014) ;


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Last updated: April 18, 2020 at 18:47 pm

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