John William Casilear (1811 - 1893)
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An American landscape artist belonging to the Hudson River School, John William Casilear was born in New York City, where he professionally trained under engraver Peter Maverick in the 1820s, and later with Asher Durand. After being influenced by Thomas Cole to pursue landscape painting, Durand then drew Casilear's attention to painting. By 1840, Casilear had a strong interest in art and continued to foster his passion for painting by accompanying Durand, John Frederick Kensett, and Thomas P. Rossiter on a trip to Europe. During their trip, they sketched and visited many art museums. Gradually, Casilear developed his landscape paintings and painted in the Hudson River School style. After completely ceasing his engraving career to pursue painting full-time, Casilear was elected a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1851. His works can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and Ringwood Manor.