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William Baxter Closson (1848 - 1926)
Under the Great Tree
oil on board, 10" x 8", signed lower right
A distinctive Boston artist, Closson was a member of the Copley Society and the Boston Art Club. Born in Thetford, Vermont, he studied at the Thetford Academy and the Lowell Institute. He later lived in Newton and Magnolia. After a successful career as a wood engraver, he turned to painting in 1894. He quickly established a reputation for his evocative depictions of young women and children, often portrayed as nymphs, water-babies and fairies. Closson exhibited at the Paris Salon, the Pennsylvania Academy, the Paris Int'l Expo, the World Columbian Expo, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Corcoran, winning numerous medals and awards. His works are in the National Gallery, the Boston MFA, the PAFA, and many more.