Oil painting -> List of Painters -> William Merritt Chase

Early Days:

   He was born in Williamsburg (now Nineveh), Indiana, to the family of a local merchant. Chase's father moved the family to Indianapolis in 1861 and employed his son as a salesman in the family business. Chase showed an early interest in art, and studied under local, self-taught artists Barton S. Hays and Jacob Cox.
After a brief stint in the Navy, Chase's teachers urged him to travel to New York to further his artistic training. He arrived in New York in 1869, met and studied with Joseph Oriel Eaton for a short time, then enrolled in the National Academy of Design under Lemuel Wilmarth, a student of the famous French artist Jean-Leon Gerome.

William Merritt Chase


Personal Details


William Merritt Chase

Place of birth


Date of Birth

November 1, 1849

Date of Death

October 25, 1916






Figge Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum


Portrait of Miss Dora Wheeler 1883, Idle Hours 1894, Mrs. Chase in Pink


Works Of William Merritt Chase:

 Art of William Merritt Chase

 William Chase- right

 Wiliam Chase Lake