The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Weir, John Ferguson

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WEIR, John Ferguson, American painter, sculptor and author, son of R. W. Weir (q.v.): b. West Point, N. Y., 28 Aug. 1841. He was a pupil of his father and became a member of the National Academy in 1866. Since 1869 he has been professor of painting in the Yale School of Fine Arts. As a sculptor he is known by his statues of President Woolsey and Professor Silliman of Yale, and in addition to many portraits he has painted ‘The Gun Foundry’; ‘The Forging of the Shaft’; ‘The Column of Saint Mark's, Venice,’ etc. He has written ‘John Trumbull and His Works’ (1902); ‘Human Destiny in the Light of Revelation’ (1903).