William McEwan (American, active 1859-1872), Bailing Yarn In The Kitchen, Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1870 lower left, Titled on verso Frank S. Schwarz & Son gallery label, Dimensions: 14 1//4” h x 17 ¼” w, actual; 23” h x 26 ⅛” w, framed.
William McEwan is considered a landscape and genre painter from the American school. His birth and death dates are not recorded. However, McEwan exhibited numerous works at the National Academy of Design between 1861 and 1878. According to Henry T. Tuckerman's, Book of the Artists, American Artist Life, pg. 532, he shared a studio, studied and was a friend of George Inness while living in New Jersey at Eagleswood. Nearly two miles back of Perth Amboy, in the State of New Jersey, is a rural hamlet, bearing the pleasant name of Eagleswood. The settlement consists of a large and elegant stone edifice, at present occupied as a military school; the residence of the proprietor of the broad acres composing the hamlet, and the residence of George Inness and William McEwan, artists.
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