|William Swift Daniell |
|click image to enlarge|
"Looking South from Picnic Beach, Laguna"
Oil on board
9 x 12 inches
Click here for more available artwork
George Stern Fine Arts actively purchases works by William Swift Daniell. Click here for a free evaluation.
William Swift Daniell was born in San Francisco, California on April 26, 1865. At age 15 Daniell visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. A man borrowed his catalog, a conversation ensued, and the teenager found himself accompanying the sculptor O. D. Morse back to his studio to see his work. Daniell began his art studies under Morse and, while in Boston, studied painting with Helen Knowlton. He then spent three years in Paris at Academies Vitti, Delecluse, and Julian. While there, he sketched in Venice, England, and Moret, France.
In 1905 he moved to Los Angeles and established a home base but appears to have been constantly on the move. In 1906 he was in Laguna Beach and during 1907-09 he was in New York, New Orleans, and the Berkshire Hills. After taking over the Blanchard Gallery in Los Angeles in 1912, he renamed it the Daniell Gallery. For many years the gallery handled the work of other California artists as well as his own. He continued to paint and exhibit in Los Angeles until 1923 when illness curtailed his activities. He died there of pneumonia on June 28, 1933. His watercolors and oils are from the brush of a highly competent painter.
Member: California Art Club; Laguna Beach Art Association; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles.
Exhibitions: Blanchard Gallery, Los Angeles, 1907; Steckel Gallery, Los Angeles, 1911; Battey Gallery, Los Angeles, 1917; Mission Inn, Riverside, 1923.
In: Laguna Art Museum; Orange County Museum of Art.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.