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William Jacob Hays

1830 - 1875
Painter
Origin: United States
Born: August 8, 1830, New York, New York
Died: March 13, 1875, New York, New York

William Jacob Hays spent most of his life in New York City but occasionally ventured to the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nova Scotia, and England on search for subjects to paint. He studied art with John Ruebens Smith, an important topographer and lithographer, and exhibited at the American Art Union in 1848. His most inspirational and productive trip was a five-month journey up the Missouri River through the Great Plains, the Dakotas, and Montana to the Yellowstone River during the summer of 1860. After this expedition, Hays returned to his studio in New York City to transform his field sketches into an artistic and authentic documentation of the American West prior to the arrival of white settlers. Among his favorite subjects was the North American Bison. An accomplished naturalist and experienced observer, Hays portrayed wildlife and habitat of the American West accurately and with exquisite detail.

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American Elk
1868, Wash on Paper
William Jacob Hays
United States, 1830 - 1875
Buffalo
n.d., Graphite on Paper
William Jacob Hays
United States, 1830 - 1875
Prairie Dog Village
1860, Oil on Canvas
William Jacob Hays
United States, 1830 - 1875
Prairie Fire and Buffalo Stampede
1869, Oil on Canvas
William Jacob Hays
United States, 1830 - 1875
Rocky Mountain Hares
1858, Oil on Canvas
William Jacob Hays
United States, 1830 - 1875
The Pond: Snipes and Frog
1862, Oil on Canvas
William Jacob Hays
United States, 1830 - 1875
The Virginia White Tailed Deer
1870, Oil on Canvas
William Jacob Hays
United States, 1830 - 1875