William Keith


William Keith


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Oldmeldrum (Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom)

One of California's most successful and prolific painters of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, William Keith found a subject of enduring inspiration in the mountain landscape. He traveled to the area on numerous sketching trips, sometimes in the company of his great friend and fellow naturalist, John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club. Both men were natives of Scotland who met in the Yosemite Valley in 1872 and formed a lifelong bond. Both were committed to preserving California's natural beauty and wilderness areas, and both found supreme artistic inspiration in those lands. For much of his life, Keith lived in Berkeley and commuted to his studio in San Francisco. He marked many of his paintings with an "S.F." below his signature to indicate the studio's location. In 1891, Keith shared his San Francisco studio with Tonalist George Inness, Sr. (1825-1894). At his death in 1911, Keith was said to have been the most financially successful artist in California.


William Keith Original Art Values Sold at Auction

WILLIAM KEITH (American, 1839-1911) View of Mount Shasta, 1891 Oil on canvas 23 x 32 inches (58.4 x 81.3 cm) Signed
WILLIAM KEITH (American, 1839-1911)View of Mount Shasta, 1891Oil on canvas23 x 32 inches (58.4 x 81.3 cm)Signed ...
Lot 67009
Auction 5006
Sunday, January 25, 2009
WILLIAM KEITH (American, 1839-1911) Yosemite Oil on canvas 34-1/2 x 27 inches (87.6 x 68.6 cm) Signed lower right:
WILLIAM KEITH (American, 1839-1911)YosemiteOil on canvas34-1/2 x 27 inches (87.6 x 68.6 cm)Signed lower right: ...
Lot 76042
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
WILLIAM KEITH (American 1838-1911) Landscape with Cows Oil on canvas 22in. x 27in. Signed lower right 'W. Keith, S.F
WILLIAM KEITH (American 1838-1911)Landscape with CowsOil on canvas22in. x 27in.Signed lower right 'W. Keith, S.F...
Lot 30127
Auction 621
Friday, November 18, 2005
WILLIAM KEITH (American 1839 - 1911) San Francisco Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches Signed lower right Inscribed lower
WILLIAM KEITH (American 1839 - 1911)San FranciscoOil on canvas24 x 36 inchesSigned lower rightInscribed lower ...
Lot 25086
Auction 638
Friday, November 10, 2006
WILLIAM KEITH (American, 1839-1911) Cottage in a Sunlit Clearing Oil on canvas 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm) Signe...
WILLIAM KEITH (American, 1839-1911)Cottage in a Sunlit ClearingOil on canvas25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)Signe... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 76033
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012

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