John W. Casilear

John William Casilear

Born in New York City, John William Casilear (1811–1893) trained under the New York engraver Peter Maverick in the 1820s, and then under Asher B. Durand, himself an engraver at the time. Casilear and Durand became friends, and both worked as engravers in New York through the 1830s. During the following decade, Casilear began to pursue landscape painting through the influence of Durand and Thomas Cole. By 1840, he joined Durand, John Frederick Kensett, and Thomas P. Rossiter on a trip to Europe. By the middle 1850s, he abandoned his career as an engraver in favor of painting.

John William Casilear (1811–1893) Looking Towards Catskills, 1874
Oil on canvas, 13 3/8 x 20 1/8 inches
Monogrammed and dated lower left: JWC ’74

Image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art, LLC