Norton, William Edward – American Artist

William Edward Norton (1843-1916)

William Edward Norton grew up in Boston, studied at the Lowell Institute and later with George Inness. He went to sea as a teenager (his family owned ships) and his experiences there led him to favor marine subjects throughout his career.

In 1868, Norton went to Paris to continue his studies, and eventually settled in London. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and at the Paris Salon. He returned to the U.S. in 1893, and worked in New York until his death. He was a member of the Salmagundi Club and the Boston Art Club. Norton favored the Barbizon style of painting over Impressionism as is readily apparent from his work.

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