William Holbrook Beard

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Beard, William Holbrook ~ Self Portrait in the Studio, 1860s, oil on canvas, New York Historical Society

William Holbrook Beard (April 13, 1825 – February 20, 1900) was an American painter.

Life[edit]

Beard was born in Painesville, Ohio. He studied abroad, is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting, and in 1861 moved to New York City, where, in 1862, he became a member of the National Academy of Design. Beard was a prolific artist. His humorous treatment of bears, cats, dogs, horses and monkeys, generally with some human occupation and expression, usually satirical, gave him a great vogue at one time, and his pictures were largely reproduced.[1]

His brother, James Henry Beard (1814–1893), was also a painter.[1]

William is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.