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William Perkins Babcock (1826-1899)


William Perkins Babcock (1826-1899)
American-French Barbizon figure, still-life, landscape and genre painter ;
Wm. P. Babcock ; William P. Babcock ; W.P. Babcock ; W. P. Babcock ; William Parkins Babcock ; William Perkin Babcock ;
[Born 1826 in Boston, MA – died 1899 in Bois-d’Arcy (Yvelines), France]


FAD record control number: 49937 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;


William Perkins Babcock (1826-1899) biography:

Birth: 1826 in Boston, MA ;
Death: 1899 in Bois-d’Arcy (Yvelines), France ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ;
[unknown] ;

Known for: Barbizon paintings of landscapes and forest ; Portraits ; genre paintings ; still-life paintings ; landscape and forest paintings ;
Medium: Oil ;
Technique: Painting ;
Subjects: Forests ; flowers ; people ; genre ;

Areas: Boston, MA (1826-ca.1845) ; Paris, France (ca.1845-1851) ; Barbizon, France (1849-1892) ; Bois-d’Arcy (Yvelines), France (1892-1899) ;
Region: North East ; Europe ;
Lived: Boston, MA (1826-ca.1845) ; Paris, France (ca.1845-1851) ; Barbizon, France (1849-1892) ; Bois-d’Arcy (Yvelines), France (1892-1899) ;

Training: Private study under Thomas Couture (1815-1879), Fontaine, France (ca.1845-1851) ; Private study under Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875), Barbizon, France (1849-1875) ;
Instructors: Thomas Couture (1815-1879) ; Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) ;


Exhibited with: Royal Academy in London, London, England (1868-1878) ; Salons of Paris, Paris, France (regularly beginning 1879) ; Brooklyn Art Association, Brooklyn, NY (1872) ; Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA (1853-1870, various) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY (1863, 1866) ; Boston Art Club, Boston, MA (1873, 1874, 1876, 1878) ;

Milestones: The artist’s will leaves four paintings by himself (The red hat, The basket of flowers, A concert & A small sketch) and his collection of ancient and modern art to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA ; Introduced William Morris Hunt (1824-1879), George Inness (1825-1894) and Robert Loftin Newman (1827-1912) to Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875), effectively bringing the Barbizon School of painting to America ; Considered a well known and famous painter by 1863 in America ; Was a well known collector of French Barbizon art and expert in French art ;



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Record birth date:
May 4, 2019


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