William Lamb Picknell American, 1853-1897


Works by Picknell are very special, as he was part of a small group of Americans who ventured to France in the 1880s and worked in a manner so close to his European counterparts.  These artists are considered expatriates, and at the time there was the hope that as they returned home with these works, collectors would accept them and buy them as they did the European masters.  They are important precursors to Impressionism.  And indeed Picknell is often one of the Americans sited as initiating the “glare aesthetic” and techniques that introduced a change of style in the United States.

Awards and Memberships

National Academy of Design, Associate, 1891

Royal Society of British Artists, 1884

Society of American Artists, 1880


Atlanta Exposition, 1895 (medal)

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1898

City Art Museum, St. Louis

National Academy of Design, 1879

Paris Salon, 1876; 1880, Honorable Mention for The Road to Concarneau; 1895 (medal)

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1881, 1896

Royal Academy, London, 1877

St. Louis Museum, 1897 (solo)

Society of British Artists, London

World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 (medal)

Museums and Public Collections

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Cleveland Museum of Art

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Denver Art Museum

Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

French National Collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Musée D’Orsay

Parrish Art Museum

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Phoenix Art Museum

San Antonio Art League Museum, Texas

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Union League Club of Chicago

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

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