William Baxter Closson; The Angel 01 Work, CONTEMPORARY Interpretation of the Bible! With Footnotes – 30

William Baxter Closson
The Angel, ca. 1912

Oil on canvas
57 1/8 x 37 3/8 in. (145.0 x 94.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum

An angel is generally a supernatural being found in various religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Humanity. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God’s tasks. More on Angels

William Baxter Palmer Closson (October 13, 1848 – May 30, 1926) was an American artist, born in Thetford, Vermont on October 13, 1848.

As a young adult, he was educated at Thetford Academy before graduating and working as a clerk in a railroad office.

Soon, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and worked as an apprentice wood engraver with Samuel S. Kilburn. He studied drawing at the Lowell Institute, then went on to work for Harper’s Magazine and various publishing houses in Boston. While in Boston, he shared a studio with painter George Fuller.[3]

Seventeen of his paintings are in the American Art collection at the Smithsonian Institution. He also has works on display at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

He died on May 30, 1926 in Hartford, Connecticut and is buried in the Gallaudet plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery. More on William Baxter Palmer Closson

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