William Harrison Boughton


Artist biography

William Harrison Boughton is an established artist, William Harrison Boughton was born in 1915. Artists like Helmut Schwarz, Robbie Blount, Elspeth Buchanan, Bette Beggs, and Cor Basart were also born in 1915.

Further Biographical Context for William Harrison Boughton

Born in 1915, William Harrison Boughton was predominantly influenced by the 1930s. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and characterised the political atmosphere of the period. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

William Harrison Boughton

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