William Wilson Cowell (American, 1856-1910) was considered a 19th century landscape and marine painter from the American school. He was born March 24, 1856 in Boston, and died in Chicago. He received his formal art education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art under Edward Moran and J. Faulkner. According to the exhibition records at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art,William Wilson Cowell was a regular exhibitor from 1876 to 1900. He also was active in New York and Boston. Like many other artists, the works of A.T. Bricher and F.A. Silva from of the luminist school influenced William Wilson Cowell. He combined the teachings of Ruskin with the influence of the luminist to compose his wonderful light filled expressions of nature.