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William Turner Dannat, 1853-1929

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1853
Place of Birth: New-York
Date of Death: 1929
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William Turner Dannat was an artist who specialised in portrait, figure and still life painting.


In 1885 Dannat became a member of the Society of British Artists, a society which elected JW its President in June 1886. Dannat exhibited at the society's 62nd Annual Exhibition in 1885, and also exhibited from this date until 1893 at the Royal Academy and the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.

In 1885 JW asked Dannat to vote for the election of Mortimer Menpes to the SBA (#11021). JW's letters give the impression that the two men enjoyed a good relationship (#00607). However, in a letter of 1891 JW complained of Dannat's painting, hung next to his Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73) at 1st Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1891, that it had taken on the 'Impressionist analines' with 'mauve and ultramarine running into the huge legs of his Spaniard' (#06591).


Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908; Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J., and A. Greutzner, The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.