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William Weaver (W.W) Armstrong (1862 - 1906)  Artworks >>

Landscape painter. Born in Ontario, NY on April 4, 1862, the son of Mary Weaver and Bradley Armstrong. The Armstrong family moved to California in 1876 and settled in Oakland. William's only art training appears to have been from his father who was a talented painter. While maintaining a studio in Oakland, he made many painting trips in northern California from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border. A loner and a quiet, taciturn man, on one of these trips he married an Indian girl named Grace, much to the consternation of his parents. He was first listed in the Oakland City Directory in 1884 as a farmer at 509 East Fourteenth Street; by 1887 he was listed as an artist at 1351 Telegraph Avenue; in 1903 as a partner of B. F. Jenkins at 364 7th Street; in 1906 as a carriage painter. During his short life span he became a competent and prolific painter of California scenery. Exposure to bad weather led to his death of tuberculosis in Oakland on Nov. 26, 1906. Reference:

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