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William Sidney Mount    (American, 1807-1868)

 William Sidney Mount - The Blackberry Girls (Paintings) h: 16 x w: 14 in / h: 40.6 x w: 35.6 cm
William Sidney Mount
The Blackberry Girls 1840

Born on a farm in Setauket, Long Island in 1807
Raised on a farm, and when his father died when Mount was age 7, lived with relatives and served an apprenticeship in his brother's sign painting shop in New York City.
Studied engraving and in 1826, was one of the first students of drawing at the National Academy. His primary subject was history painting.
Ill health caused him to return to Setauket where from 1830, he spent the remainder of his life doing genre paintings of his contemporaries.
Had a long-time studio at Stony Brook on Long Island
He died suddenly in 1868
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