William Closson

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William Closson
William Baxter Palmer Closson

(1848-10-13)October 13, 1848 Thetford, Vermont, United States
DiedMay 30, 1926(1926-05-30) (aged 77)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Known forpainting, wood engravings

William Baxter Palmer Closson (October 13, 1848 - May 30, 1926) was an American artist.


He was born in Thetford, Vermont on October 13, 1848.

As a young adult, he was educated at Thetford Academy before graduating and working as a clerk in a railroad office.[1]

Soon, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and worked as an apprentice wood engraver with Samuel S. Kilburn. He studied drawing at the Lowell Institute, then went on to work for Harper's Magazine[2] and various publishing houses in Boston. While in Boston, he shared a studio with painter George Fuller.[3]

Seventeen of his paintings are in the American Art collection at the Smithsonian Institution.[3] He also has works on display at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

He married Grace Worden Gallaudet Kendall, daughter of Dr. Edward Miner Gallaudet, president of Gallaudet College in Washington DC.

He died on May 30, 1926 in Hartford, Connecticut and is buried in the Gallaudet plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery.


  1. ^ Virgil E. McMahan. The Artists of Washington, D.C. 1796-1996. ISBN 0964910101.
  2. ^ "William Closson". Harper's Magazine. 1883–1885.
  3. ^ a b "William Baxter Closson". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 20 March 2013.