Buffalo Peaks from Buena Vista
William Henry Bancroft (1860-1932, American, b. England)
oil on canvas
14 x 20 inches
William Henry Bancroft, an early pioneer in Colorado landscape painting, was born in England in 1860. He left home at a young age, making his way to the United States. He likely traveled through Halifax, Nova Scotia, and studied art in St. Louis for a brief period of time. After moving to Leadville, Colorado, he met, painted and toured Colorado with landscape painter Thomas Moran. Bancroft painted signs and reportedly owned the Bancroft Sign Company which funded his art endeavors. He eventually settled in Colorado Springs and exhibited at the Broadmoor Art Academy. Bancroft worked alongside other important contemporaries and most notably, went on further sketching trips with painter Harvey Otis Young. Bancroft was commissioned by the Santa Fe Railway to paint the Grand Canyon which serves as an example of his national notoriety.
ON VIEW in Arts & Crafts Gallery 3
Signed "W BANCROFT" lower right corner
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art