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GIBSON, William Hamilton, artist and author, born in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, 5 October, 1850. He studied at the Gunnery school at Washington, Connecticut, and subsequently in the Polytechnic institute, Brooklyn, and determined to devote himself to art as an illustrator. He began work in New York in 1870, after various discouragements, obtained a foothold as a specialist in botanical drawing, and became connected with the "American" Agriculturist" and "Hearth and Home." He also drew hundreds of natural history subjects for the " American Cyclopaedia." He afterward became dissatisfied with work of this character, and furnished illustrations for sundry magazine articles on natural history. For a year he was next engaged on the " Art Journal," and was also one of the corps of illustrators of" Picturesque America." His first notable appearance in the magazines was in connection with an article in "Harper's Magazine" on" Birds and Plumage." which he had proposed to the editor under the title of " The Plumage of Fashion." The initial design, a full-page peacock's feather, won high praise. This was followed by " A Winter Idyl," "Springtime," and other similar essays, which have been collected in his published volumes. Mr. Gibson has been a regular exhibitor at the water-color exhibition in New York since 1872, and became a member of the water-color society in 1885. His large "Autumn Study" was shown in the first American water-color exhibition in London in 1873, and in Edinburgh the same year. He is also a member of the Authors club and the Art union. The books that he has illustrated include "The Heart of the White Mountains" (1882) ; "Nature's Serial Story" (1885); and various collections of poems, among others the "Pictorial Edition of Longfellow" and " In Berkshire with the Wild Plowers," by Dora and Elaine Goodale. The works of which he is both author and illustrator are" Camp-Life in the Woods" and "Tricks of Trapping and Trap-making" (New York, 1876); "Pastoral Days, or Memories of a New England Year" (1881); "Highways and Byways, or Saunterings in New England" (1883) ; and "Happy Hunting-Grounds, a Tribute to the Woods and Fields" (1886).
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