William Sidney Mount

Name
William Sidney Mount
Also Known as
William S. Mount
Born
Setauket, New York 1807
Died
Setauket, New York 1868
Active in
  • Stony Brook, New York
Nationalities
U.S. States
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Luce Artist Biography

William Sidney Mount apprenticed to his older brother as a sign painter in New York. He spent all of his free time sketching in the National Academy of Design and in 1829 established a studio in the city. Mount spent most of his life on Long Island, however, painting portraits of local people and scenes of country life. In 1860 he built a studio in a horse-drawn wagon so that he could travel among the farms undisturbed, painting images of people going about their day-to-day activities. When asked to give a brief history of his life, Mount replied: “Why it would take me three months to shell it all out---to clean the cob all off, and who would feed me with pudding and milk all that while?” (Frankenstein, Painter of Rural America: William Sidney Mount, 1807-1868, 1968)