William Sheridan Young was born on December 4, 1837, the son of John and Caroline (Moore) Young. John was a wealthy banker in Cincinnati, OH. William and his siblings were raised in the Shorr area of Cincinnati.
His 1866 address was Philadelphia, and yet he appears never to have exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts or the National Academy of Design. Rather, his paintings were occasionally found in exhibitions in Cincinnati (1866 and 1873) and Chicago (1866, 1871, and 1876). Exhibition records indicate that he painted on the Potomac River and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, as well as various scenic locales in the Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. The technical aspects of Young’s hand suggest a self-trained artist who was nonetheless capable of eliciting a powerful evocation of mood.
The family appears in the 1870 US Federal Census for Hamilton County, Ohio, where William’s occupation is listed as “landscape artist.”
Young died in August 1878 and is buried with his parents in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati.
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