- Keith was a
very succcessful painter. His paintings are still owned by collectors
all over the world, with many found in museums throughout the United
States. St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, has perhaps
the largest collection, and serves as a center for temporary exhibitions
of Keith's work.
- Keith met
John Muir in Yosemite in the fall of 1872, in the company of two
other artists, Benoni Irwin and Thomas Ross, with a letter of introduction
from their mutual friend, Jeanne Carr. The two Scottish nature-lovers
became very close life-time friends. Keith and Muir were frequent
- William Keith was the subject of a foremost art scholar, Brother Cornelius, who was introduced to Keith's paintings by John Muir himself, and wrote the benchmark book Keith, Old Master of California (1942).
- Sources: Eugen
William Keith: the Man and the Artist. 1938. Berkeley:
University of California Press. Extensive art biography including
correspondence between Keith and Muir.
- Alfred Harrison, William Keith: The Saint Mary's College Collection, Second Printing with Supplement, 1994 (158 pages) Major essay by Alfred Harrison; full texts of five essays and lectures by William Keith; catalog listings and black-and-white illustrations of 135 Keith paintings; 39 color plates; and more.
- Hearst Art
Gallery, St. Mary's College, William Keith: The Artist and
His Times, 1995 (Video; 23 minutes). In this documentary,
more than fifty of Keith's paintings show the range of his artistic
vision. Historic photographs, footage of California scenes today,
and the words of the artist, his friend John Muir, and their contemporaries
help tell the Keith story. Note the cover of the video incorrectly
identifies John Burroughs as John Muir.
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