The New Student's Reference Work/Weir, Robert Walter
Weir (wēr), Robert Walter, an American painter, was born at New Rochelle, N. Y., June 18, 1803. After studying in Italy for several years he was made professor of drawing at West Point, N. Y., where he remained for 42 years. His best-known works are The Landing of Henry Hudson; Columbus before the Council of Salamanca; Indian Captives in the Boston Athenæum; Embarkation of the Pilgrims in the rotunda at Washington; and Christ in the Garden. Some of his works in private collections at New York are very fine, as a View of the Hudson from West Point; Rebecca from Ivanhoe; and A Pier at Venice. He died at New York on May 1, 1889.