WILLIAM J. POTTER (American, 1883 - 1964)

William J. Potter, a painter known for his landscapes, marine scenes and figures, was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania on 14 July 1883. He began studying sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. However, after he moved to London, he took up drawing and became a pupil of W. Sickert. After Potter’s return to the United States, he eventually settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he soon joined the faculty of the Broadmoor Academy of Art. In the 1930s, his subject matter became focused on scenes of old European towns. Around this time, Potter moved to Greenwich, Connecticut where he died in 1964.

Studied 
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 
With W. Sickert in London 

Work
“Balearic Isles,” Brooklyn Museum of Art
“Villa Rosa and Pasquala Harbor,” Hispanic Museum, New York City
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
“Porto Pi Balearics,” Herron Art Institute
“Cornwall Coast,” Sidney Australia Museum
Cincinnati Museum of Art
Exposition Park Museum, Los Angeles
Musee Rouen, France
Museo Nacionale d’el Arte Moderno, Madrid
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Member 
Connecticut Academy of Fine Art 
Salmagundi Club 

Exhibited 
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annuals, 1909, 1917-1922, 1927-1932 
Salons of America, 1922 
Corcoran Gallery Biennial, 1932, 1937 
Allied Art Association, 1934 
Art Institute of Chicago

References
Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs
Dawdy, Artists of the American West
Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Fresella-Lee, The American Paintings in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Lippincott (ed.), Artists of the Rockport Art Association – 16th Anniversary Edition
Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding’s Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
Samuels, Samuels’ Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
Shalkop, “A Show of Color – 100 Years of Painting / Pike’s Peak Region,” Exhibition Catalog 
Smith, A Biographical Index of American Artists
Other major references