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Thomas Willis
Date: 1850 - 1912
Remarks: Thomas Willis was born in Denmark and worked in Brooklyn, New York, as a marine artist. For a time he apparently worked for a manufacturer of silk embroidery thread, and this may have influenced his choice of medium. He advertised as an ¿Inventor & sole maker of silk ware pictures¿¿creating ship portraits with textile hulls, silk or satin sails, painted backgrounds, and embroidered details such as waves, rigging, and human figures. Willis¿s superb handling of the medium makes his paintings indistinguishable from oil paintings at first glance.