William Sidney Mount

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William Sidney Mount
Mathew B. Brady - William Sidney Mount.jpg
Daguerreotype photograph by Mathew B. Brady, circa 1855.
Born November 26, 1807
Setauket, New York
Died November 19, 1868
Setauket, New York
Nationality American
Known for Genre, landscape, and portrait painting

William Sidney Mount (November 26, 1807 – November 19, 1868) was an American painter best known for his genre paintings, although he also painted landscapes and portraits. He was a contemporary of the Hudson River School.


1867 ambrotype print.
Bargaining for a horse, 1835

William Mount was born in Setauket, Long Island, New York, on November 26, 1807 to Thomas Shepard Mount and his wife, Julia Ann Hawkins. He trained at the National Academy of Design in New York, New York, and in 1832 was made a full Academician. He died in Setauket, Long Island, on November 19, 1868.[1]

Although he started as a history painter, Mount moved to depicting scenes from everyday life. Two of his more famous paintings are Eel Spearing at Setauket (1845, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown) and Bargaining for a Horse (1835, New-York Historical Society, New York City).[citation needed]

The largest collection of his works is located in the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages.[2]

William Sidney Mount House and other monuments[edit]

His home and studio, the William Sidney Mount House, is a National Historic Landmark. One of the local elementary schools in The Three Village Central School District is named in his honor, as is PS 174 elementary school in Rego Park, Queens.[3] A residential building is named after him on the Stony Brook University campus.[citation needed]


His brother, Shepard Alonzo Mount (1804–1868), also an artist, best known as a portrait painter, became a National Academician in 1842.[1]


  1. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.
  2. ^ http://www.longislandmuseum.org/about.asp
  3. ^ "Q174". nyc.gov. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Christopher J. Smith, The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2013.

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