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William Kendall


William Sergeant Kendall Painting - An Interlude by William Sergeant Kendall

An Interlude

William Sergeant Kendall Painting - A Fairy Tale by William Sergeant Kendall

A Fairy Tale

 Drawing - James Gamble Rogers by William Sergeant Kendall

James Gamble Rogers





William Sergeant Kendall (born 1869 in Spuyten Duyvil, New York, died 1938 in Hot Springs, Virginia), was an American painter, most famous for his evocative scenes of domestic life; his wife and three young daughters were frequent subjects in his early work.[7]

An Interlude, painted in 1907, showing his wife and one of his daughters. Currently in possession of the Smithsonian.[1]

His life seems inconsistent with his art as it was full of turmoil due to his romantic connection with his under-aged pupil, Christine Herter, whom he married following the dissolution of his first marriage in 1921.[8]

Kendall began his training at the Brooklyn Art Guild and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as a student of Thomas Eakins. He returned to New York City in 1886 to study at the Art Students League. He moved to Europe in 1888 for further study, including a period at the École des Beaux-Arts, and continued to paint, earning recognition at the Paris Salon in 1891. Like many American artists in France, Kendall spent his summers in Brittany and frequently painted the local peasantry. In 1892 he returned to New York and established his studio. Kendall and his family eventually moved to Newport, Rhode Island, and then to New Haven, Connecticut, where he was a professor and head of the School of Fine Arts at Yale from 1913 to 1922. [9] In 1901 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1905. He left Yale in 1922 and relocated to rural Bath County, Virginia, where he continued to paint until his death. Kendall was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for his work; he was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from 1920 to 1921. His papers from 1900 to 1936 are housed at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.[1]

Although mainly a painter, Kendall also modeled and carved sculptures throughout his career. His work is in the colllection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art[10], the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.[11]

His home at Hot Springs, Garth Newel, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. It is home to the Garth Newel Music Center.[2]


Thomas E. Luebke, ed., Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 2013): Appendix B, p. 547.

"National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 6/17/13 through 6/21/13. National Park Service. 2013-06-28.

^ http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=13569
^ http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/kendall_william_sergeant.html
^ James-Gadzinski, Susan (1997). American Sculpture in the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Philadelphia: PAFA. p. 167.
^ Metropolitan Museum of Art
^ Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston
^ http://www.adelsongalleries.com/AmerImp/Pages/kendthee.htm


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