William Edward Norton
Dutch Fishing Boats
Oil on canvas, 18 × 22 inches
Signed at lower left: “William E. Norton”
Inscribed on canvas verso: “Dutch Fishing Boats/William E. Norton”
William Edward Norton was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1843. He was a son of a shipbuilder
and developed an early fondness for the sea. He studied at the Lowell Institute in Boston, and with Georges Inness, and
in Paris with Jacquesson de la Chevreuse and Antoine Vollon. He opened a studio in London, specializing in marine paintings.
After 25 years in Europe he returned to the United States in 1902. Norton was a member of the Boston Art Club, the Connecticut
Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Blackheath Art Club in London. In 1904 he became a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York
City. He exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, at the Paris Salon in 1895 where he won honorable mention,
the Paris World Expostion in 1900, the Royal Academy, London, the Boston Atheneum, and at the National Academy of Design,
New York City. His painting Fog on the Grand Banks was shown at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. He
won prizes at the Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts in 1905 and 1914, and the Osborne prize for marine painting in 1905
and 1906. Norton died in New York City in 1911.
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