The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

return to surnames beginning with 'F'

William Henry Fisk, ca 1827- d. 1884

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1827 ca
Place of Birth:
Date of Death: 1884.11.13
Place of Death: Hampstead, London


William Henry Fisk was a landscape painter, illustrator of poetic and historical subjects, drawing master and lecturer. He was the son of the painter William Fisk.


Fisk studied under his father and also at the Royal Academy Schools. As a skilled draughtsman he was appointed anatomical draughtsman to the Royal College of Surgeons and teacher of drawing and painting at University College School, London. His lectures on art proved extremely popular, and also occasionally contributed articles on painting to contemporary journals. He exhibited from 1846, showing in London at the Royal Academy, British Institution and Society of British Artists, a society that appointed JW its President in 1886. He also exhibited in Paris. His works include Ben Nevis of Navin (watercolour; Victoria and Albert Museum).


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; L. C., 'Fisk, William Henry', 1889, Dictionary of National Biography Online, Oxford, 1997 (accessed 9 July 2003).