Weir, Robert W.--Born at New Rochelle, N.Y., 1803. First studied with a painter of heraldry in New York city. Produced his first portrait in 1821. Went to Italy in 1825; studied for a short time at Florence, but soon removed to Rome, where he found congenial society and ample facilities for study, but was so limited in his means as to have lived for one whole month on the sum of three dollars. He returned to America in 1832, and in that year succeeded Leslie as Professor of Drawing at West Point Military Academy, having gained, while in Italy, a substantial success in his art. His best known works are "The Landing of Henry Hudson," "The Embarkation of the Pilgrims," "The Indian Captives," "Views of the Hudson from West Point," "Paestium by Moonlight," "Rebecca," from "Ivanhoe," "A Pier at Venice." Weir still retains his position at West Point, where he is held in high estimation by the officers and cadets, and as his official duties occupy but a portion of the day, he has ample leisure for the practice of his art. [Appendix.]
Catalogue. Detroit Art Association. First Exhibition, February, 1876.