William Ruthven Wheeler (1832-1894)


William Ruthven Wheeler was born in Scio, Washington County, MI. He was primarily a portrait painter, but he did produce some landscapes. His first instruction came at an early age from an itinerant miniature painter, and he began his profession at the age of fifteen. At the age of 28 he studied for a short time in Detroit under Alvan Bradish. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut about 1862 and kept a studio there until 1893. A painting of Mount Washington was listed in the first annual exhibition of the Hartford Art Association in 1872, but he had added landscapes to his repertoire as early as 1866.

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