William Vincent Cahill
Born in Syracuse, New York on April 8, 1878, William Cahill studied at the Art Students League in New York City under Birge Harrison and Howard Pyle, and in Boston under Tarbell and Benson.
In the early years of his career he had a studio in Woodstock, New York, and one in Boston which he shared with John Hubbard Rich. In 1914 he and Rich moved to Los Angeles where they established the School for Illustration & Painting. (By 1917 they had sold the school to J. Francis Smith.)
While in southern California, Cahill taught at his studios in Pasadena, Laguna Beach, and Hollywood. He taught drawing and painting at the University of Kansas during 1918, but by summer of 1919 he was back in his studio in Laguna Beach. In 1920 he and wife, Katharine, moved to San Francisco where he worked as a commercial artist for two years.
His last two years were spent in Chicago where he died of a heart attack on Aug. 11, 1924. An Impressionist, his work includes landscapes and figure studies.
Salmagundi Club, 1912 (prize); Woman’s Clubhouse (Hollywood), 1914; PPIE, 1915; Long Beach Public Library, 1916; SFAA, 1916; LACMA, 1917 (solo); Calif. Art Club, 1917-20; Sacramento Expo, 1917 (bronze medal), 1918 (silver medal); Painters & Sculptors of So. Calif., 1921; Laguna Beach AA annuals; AIC, 1924 (memorial); Cannell & Chaffin Gallery (LA), 1925 (memorial.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Orange County (CA) Museum.
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940″
Impressionism, The Calif. View; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Art in California (R. L. Bernier, 1916); Death record; American Art Annual 1919-24; Chicago Tribune, 8-13-1924 (obituary).