Marine Scene with Lighthouse, 1872

by William Edward Norton (1843–1916)
Oil on canvas
18⅛ x 30¼ inches
Signed and dated lower right: WE NORTON. \ 72

Artist Biography

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

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