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William Cowen
Dates: British, 1791 - 1864
Biographical Account: William Cowen was born in 1791 in Rotherham, and by the age of 20 he was a drawing master in Sheffield. With the help of the third Earl Fitzwilliam (Charles William Wentworth) and his son (Viscount Milton), he went on sketching trips to Italy and Switzerland, which helped hone his skill as a landscape artist. He lived in Rotherham, but also spent time in London, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1828 - 1839. He painted in oils and watercolour, and later settled in London and founded the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. William Cowen is buried in Brompton Cemetery.
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