William McKendree Snyder
HMI jointly organize
an exhibit of Snyder art
to include those
owned by private individuals
(June 2012) An exhibit of the late Madison, Ind.,
artist William McKendree Snyders paintings and other noted works
will be highlighted this year at the Jefferson County Historical Societys
Heritage Center from June through October 2012. This exhibit will be
made possible through the collaboration of the Jefferson County Historical
Society and Historic Madison Inc.
Exhibit will include those paintings from both the collections of JCHS
and HMI as well as on loan from the City of Madison and from private
individual collectors. Some paintings will include those that are not
usually available for public viewing.
Snyder was born on Dec. 20, 1848, in Liberty, Ind., and named after
the famous early Methodist minister, William McKendree, who was a bishop
in this area. Snyder was an American painter active in Indiana in the
late 19th and 20th centuries and is noted as an artist, portrait and
landscape painter with a national reputation. In 1868-1870, he took
Art instruction in Cincinnati at the studio of J. Insco Williams and
lived, and worked with his brother, R.W. Snyder, who was a photographer
in Columbus, Ind.
courtesy of Historic
Madison Inc., is
Nun circa 1893 and is
part of the William
In 1872-75, Snyder studied in the east with the renowned
artist Alber Beierstadt, William Morris Hunt, Charles Warren Eaton and
George Inness. During his early career, he painted portraits. Two of
his best were of his parents. Early in his career during the 1870s,
he turned to figure composition, literary in theme, which included nude
During the panic of the 1870s, he was forced to bring his family to
live with his father at 127 East St. in Madison. This was his home for
the rest of his life. He began his painting trips to nearby countryside,
drawing from nature as he saw it in the Ohio River valley as well as
the beautiful woodlands of Jefferson County. Finally, in his later years,
outdoor compositions became his major interest. He died in 1930 and
is buried in the East Section of Springdale Cemetery in Madison.
An opening reception of this Snyder exhibit is planned for 6-9 p.m.
Friday, June 22, at the Heritage Center at 615 W. First St. A $10 donation
is requested. Historian and author Estill Curtis Pennington will be
the keynote speaker presenting Ohio Valley Painting at the time
of William McKendree Snyder at 6:30 p.m. Penningtons book,
titled Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and
the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920, highlights a variety of portrait
artists including Snyder. In addition, Pennington has published a biography
of Vevay, Ind., artist W.H. Stevens titled, Will Henry Stevens,
1881-1949: An eye transformed, a hand transforming. The opening
reception is a joint fundraiser for HMI and JCHS.
Refreshments will be served during opening. The entire exhibit will
be available for viewing through October.
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