McKillop, William

McKillop, William (1878-1937)

William McKillop was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878. He began his art studies in 1904 at the St. Louis Art School. He later studied in Paris at the Academy Julian under Jean Paul Laurens and at the Academy of Beaux Arts under Edward Laurent. Several of his paintings were exhibited at the Paris Salon. In 1913 he returned to the United States and established a studio. McKillop exhibited at the National Academy, the Chicago Institute, the Society of Independent Artists, the Allied Artists Exhibitions, and the Panama Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco where he won a silver medal. In 1927 he moved to Kent, Connecticut. Under the WPA Federal Arts Project, he painted a series of interiors of old houses and several landscapes which were allocated to the Lincoln School, Kent High School, the Board of Education, Weston Public Library, and the Kent Memorial Library. His WPA Biography called him “an internationally known painter of considerable distinction.” McKillop died in 1937 at his home in Kent “after a long illness.”

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; AskART; Who Was Who in American Art (1985), p. 409; Robert Michael Austin, Artists of the Litchfield Hills, pp. 76, 118; [Obituary], New York Times, December 22, 1937.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from William McKillop:

Still Life With Breakfast Table: oil
Interior: oil
Interior: oil
Interior: oil
Interior: oil
Interior: oil
Old Mill: oil
Interior of Old Colonial Home: oil
Interior #1: oil
On the Road to kent: oil
The Old Desk: oil
Spring in the Valley: oil
Brook Low Water: oil
Woodland Pool: oil
The Open Door: oil
McKillop, William