William Van de Velde Bonfield

Artist Biography

William Van de Velde Bonfield, an American artist who was most active in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is best known for his quaint winter snow scenes. Son of engraver and marine painter George Robert Bonfield (1805–1898), the younger Bonfield was named after Dutch marine painter Willem Van de Velde the Younger (1633–1707). In keeping with tradition, William followed in his father’s footsteps and took up painting, though he gravitated toward different subject matter than that of his father’s work. Bonfield most often painted quiet, picturesque scenes of figures and buildings in the snow. His works are in the permanent collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor.

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