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

Item Realized
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) Mount Tamalpais from the North West, 1879 Oil on canvas 40 x 72-1/2 inches (101.6
William Keith (American, 1839-1911)Mount Tamalpais from the North West, 1879Oil on canvas40 x 72-1/2 inches (101.6...
Lot 69061
Auction 5330
Friday, November 3, 2017
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, 1839-1911) Mount Hood from the Banks of Little Sandy River, 1869 Oil on canvas 24 x 32 inche
William Keith (American, 1839-1911)Mount Hood from the Banks of Little Sandy River, 1869Oil on canvas24 x 32 inche...
Lot 69064
Auction 5330
Friday, November 3, 2017
William Keith (American, 1839-1911) Afternoon in Napa Valley Oil on canvas 21 x 28 inches (53.3 x 71.1 cm) Signed an
William Keith (American, 1839-1911)Afternoon in Napa ValleyOil on canvas21 x 28 inches (53.3 x 71.1 cm)Signed an...
Lot 63605
Auction 5225
Sunday, September 13, 2015

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