A late 18th and early 19th Century painter associated with the Hudson River school, William Guy Wall lived in both Ireland and the United States at different times during his life. He is most associated with landscape art and is regarded as one of the first painters to show the natural beauty that characterizes America.
His painting style is direct and without romantic embellishment. He relied on the natural beauty of the scenes he selected and brought them to life with a dramatic use of color and light.
William Guy Wall was born in Dublin, Ireland. He first came to the United States in 1812, arriving in New York after all ready having received his artistic training. He immediately took up the natural environment around New York as his preferred subject matter, particularly the Hudson River Valley, rendering them in watercolors and enjoying frequent exhibitions in venues such as Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
He lived in the United States between the years of 1812 and 1835 and from 1856 to 1860. He died in his native Ireland. He was active in the art world of his time, helping to found the National Academy of Design in New York.