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William Baxter Palmer Closson, 1848-1926, was an American artist. He was born in Thetford, Vermont. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and worked as an apprentice wood engraver with Samuel S. Kilburn. He studied drawing at the Lowell Institute, then went on to work for Harper's Magazine and other publishing houses in Boston. While in Boston, he shared a studio with painter George Fuller. Seventeen of his paintings are in the American Art collection at the Smithsonian Institution. He also has works on display at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He married Grace Worden Gallaudet Kendall, daughter of Dr. Edward Miner Gallaudet, president of Gallaudet College in Washington DC.