William Starbuck Macy (1854- 1945)

William Starbuck Macy was born in New Bedford, MA. He was descended from Thomas Macy, first non-Native American settler of Nantucket.

Educated in New Bedford public schools, at the age of 16 began his study of art at the National Academy of Design.  Two distinguished classmates who became Macy’s friends were William Merritt Chase and Frank Duveneck. At 21 (1875) Macy began four years of study in Munich, under the Russian master, Wilhelm Velton. He arrived back in the US in 1879, working in his new Bedford and New York City studios until 1890.

Acknowledged for his “sensitive but honest” landscapes, Macy traveled widely, painting studies in New England and the American West and Bermuda as well as abroad. William Starbuck Macy died in Santa Barbara, California, in 1945.

National Academy of Design (1875-1896
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1879-1880, 1888)
Boston Art Club (1880-1896)
Art Institute of Chicago (1889-1927)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (biennial, 1937)

Lotos Club
Society of American Artists