William Baxter Closson (1848 – 1926)

Williim Baxter Closson was born in Thetford, Vermont and was educated at Thetford Academy.  Following a brief stint working as a railroad office clerk, Closson moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he secured an apprenticeship as a wood engraver under Samuel S. Kilburn.

Closson became a highly skilled wood engraver but in the 1890s photomechanical processes began replacing wood engraving.  Closson began painting landscapes and portraits with oil and pastels. Today, museums such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, and the Cleveland Museum of Art possess some of his artwork. 

Closson married Grace Gallaudet, the daughter of Edward Miner Gallaudet who was president of Gallaudet College in Washington D.C.  He died on May 30, 1926 in Hartford, Connecticut and is buried in the Gallaudet family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

References:
The Newton History Museum. William Baxter Closson (1848 – 1926). Accessed at
http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/Jackson/newton-artists/artists/william-closson.html on August 20, 2010.
Wikipedia. William Closson. Accessed at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Closson on August 20, 2010.