William Baxter Palmer Closson
Thetford, Vermont, United States
October 13, 1848
||May 30, 1926
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
||painting, wood engravings
William Baxter Palmer Closson was an American artist.
He was born in Thetford, Vermont. As a young adult, he was educated at Thetford Academy before graduating and working as a clerk in a railroad office.
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 and various publishing houses in Boston. While in Boston, he shared a studio with painter George Fuller.
Seventeen of his paintings are in the American Art collection at the Smithsonian Institution. 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.