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Artist Biography

 William Churchill was born in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts in 1858. He entered the Boston Museum School in 1877 and then continued his studies in Paris under the tutelage of French artist Leon Bonnat from 1878-1885. When he returned to the United States he easily found work and became one of Boston's most active portrait artists, painting in oils and pastels. He was known for painting figure studies, specifically female nudes in carefully defined interiors similar in style to that of fellow Bostonian William MacGregor Paxton.

Churchill kept a studio in the Harcourt Studio Building in the 1890s and by 1910 had moved his works to Fenway Studio and was active in the Boston art scene. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design, New York, the Paris Salon, the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C. and the Art Institute of Chicago, amonst others. He also participated at the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and in 1901 entered the Panama-American Exposition in Buffalo where he received an award for his entry. In 1915 he entered the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco where he was equally honored.

He was a member of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists, the Coplely Society, the Saint Botolph Club and the Boston Art Club.