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William Rickarby Miller
(American, born England, 1818-1893)
Sailboats in a Harbor, 1870
Oil on board, 7 1/2 × 10 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: "W.R.Miller/1870"

RS 1960


Born in Staindrop, County Durham, England, William Rickarby Miller probably learned to paint from his father, the artist Joseph Miller (dates unknown). William R. Miller immigrated to the United States in 1844 and, after a brief stay in Buffalo, settled in New York City and painted portraits. He traveled extensively throughout the Northeast painting numerous watercolors of the landscape. Miller also painted still-life subjects and worked as an illustrator for books and magazines. Beginning in 1873, he was mainly occupied in producing pen and ink sketches for a book on the American landscape called "A Thousand Gems" that never came to fruition. Miller exhibited at the National Academy of Design from 1853 to 1876, the Brooklyn Art Association from 1868 to 1882, and at the American Art-Union. He was also a member of the Woodstock Art Association. Miller died in the Bronx.



  


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