William Edward Norton (1843–1916)

William Edward Norton was born in Boston in 1843. His family life on the eastern seaboard included many excursions on the high seas during his childhood, which inspired his later artistic production. He became an artist at age twenty-two, but remained linked to the sea, sailing on three voyages not long after he chose his vocation. Norton studied art in Europe beginning in 1877; he returned to America in 1882 where he enrolled at the Lowell Institute. Here, he studied under the artistic visionary George Inness, whose poetic, subtle style and compositions influenced the young artist. Norton later traveled to Paris to continue his studies. Luckily, this training was time well spent and he found great success through his resultant oeuvre. In addition to winning three gold medal awards in the United States, Norton earned an honorary mention at the Paris Salon of 1895 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. Today his works may be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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