The Illustrated Press is publishing a new Dean Cornwell book. This book is the first new book on Cornwell in 38 years. The original book by Patricia Broder was first published in 1978 and reprinted in 2000.
This new book is 9 x 12 inches, 224 pages and contains 260 illustrations with many full page images and is in full color. The price for the regular edition is $44.95 plus shipping. The 1978 book had less than half the images in color.
The new book has sold out of its slipcased numbered limited edition and is almost sold out of the first run of the regular edition so if you are interested in a copy make sure you order soon.
William Bliss Baker was born in New York City in 1859. At 17 he began studying at the National Academy of Design with Albert Bierstadt and Mauritz De Haas. Baker showed ability from the beginning of his studies and quickly became known to art critics. Baker won the Elliott prize during his first exhibit in 1879 at the academy and in 1885 Baker won the Julius Hallgarten Prize at the Academy for his painting Woodland Brook.
Baker built a studio named ‘The Castle’ in Clifton Park on Ballston Lake and also maintained a studio in the Knickerbocker building in New York City. Baker was just beginning his career when he died from complications following a skating accident. In his short time working he completed just over 130 paintings before his death in 1886 at the age of 27.
Bakers work shows a maturity and confidence for someone so young. His vision is fully formed and his statements carry authenticity and reverence for his subjects.
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Credit: Historic photo of ‘The Castle’ from John Scherer from an article in the Daily Gazettte by Bill Buel