Artist Biography

John Ferguson Weir

(1841 - 1926)

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    John Ferguson Weir was a multi-talented artist who worked as a painter, sculptor, writer, and teacher. His father, Robert Weir, was the drawing instructor at West Point and his brother, J. Alden Weir, became a prominent impressionist painter. John Ferguson gained attention for his chiaroscuro industrial scenes and quiet landscapes of the Hudson River valley. In 1862, Weir established a studio in the famous Tenth Street Building, forging associations with his fellow occupants Sanford Robinson Gifford, Jervis McEntee and Winslow Homer. He also served as the director of the Yale School of Fine Arts for over forty years and was selected to be a commissioner of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. His works are now in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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