John Ferguson Weir

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John F. Weir (1841–1926) was an American painter and sculptor. He was the son of painter Robert Walter Weir, a professor of drawing at the Military Academy at West Point. His younger brother, J. Alden Weir, also became a well-known artist who painted in the style of American Impressionism.


He was born August 28, 1841, at West Point, New York, and studied with his father and at the National Academy, New York. In 1861 he opened a studio in New York City and he became a member of the National Academy in 1866. John married Mary French, daughter of Rev. John W. French. Their daughter, Edith Dean Weir (wife of James De Wolf Perry) was also a well-known miniatures painter, studying under Lucia Fairchild Fuller.

In 1868 he studied abroad. After his return he served as the first director of the School of Fine Arts at Yale University (1869–1913). He died in Providence, Rhode Island on April 8, 1926.


He designed the public fountain on New Haven Green. Among his writings are:

  • John Trumbull and his Works (1902)
  • Human Destiny in the Light of Revelation (1903)






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