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William Sergeant Kendall

(Spuyten Duyvil, NY, 1869 - 1938, Hot Springs, VA)

William Sergeant Kendall of Spuyten Duyvil New York was an American painter, most famous for his scenes of domestic life, often including his wife and three young daughters. Kendall began is training at the Brooklyn Art Guild and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as a student of Thomas Eakins. He returned to New York City in 1886 to study at the Arts Students League. In 1888 he moved to Europe for further study, including a period at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His summers were spent in Breton where he painted many images of the local peasantry. In 1892 he returned to New York and established a studio. He and his family eventually relocated to Newport, Rhode Island. His images of a stable family were inconsistent with the life he had as he was engaged in a romantic relationship with his under-aged pupil, Christine Herter. He married her in 1921 after his first marriage failed. He and his second wife moved to rural Bath County Virginia, where he continued to work until his death. Kendall received numerous prizes and awards for his work. He was member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Through his career he also modeled and carved sculptures. His work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and many other institutions around the nation.

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