William R. Leigh

(1866 - 1955)

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William R. Leigh

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William R. Leigh became one of the foremost painters of the American West with a career of seventy-five years.

William R. Leigh b. 1866 West Virginia d. 1955 New York City Born a year after the Civil War, and raised in Baltimore, William R. Leigh became one of the foremost painters of the American West with a career of seventy-five years. Some people referred to him as the “Sagebrush Rembrandt”.

He studied at the Royal Academy in Munich, and then worked as an illustrator in NY. In exchange for free trips out west, he agreed to paint the Grand Canyon for the Santa Fe Railway.

He painted the Navajo and Hopi Indians in the Southwest, Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, and a series of American historical murals as well as paintings based on his travels to Africa funded by the Eastman Kodak Company and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. paraphrased from AskArt