William Samuel Horton
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, William Samuel Horton was an artist known for his figural beach scenes, landscapes, and still lifes. He studied at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League, and the National Academy of Design, and also spent time in Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian. His work was exhibited at Paris Salons in the 1890s, the National Academy of Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His paintings also earned medals at several international expositions in the early twentieth century. An atypically wealthy artist, Horton seldom allowed his work to be sold during his lifetime. Today, his paintings have been collected by esteemed institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art.