William Savery Bucklin’s work is enjoying a resurgence of interest. We have a large amount of information on William Savery Bucklin and his art. They are an example of the information the Joseph Bucklin Society has about various Bucklin artists. Time and money limitations prevent us from presenting other Bucklin artists in the same length as we presently do for William Savery Bucklin.

William Savory Bucklin's SignatureWilliam Savery Bucklin was both commercially successful and also artistically acclaimed during his lifetime (1851-1928).

William Savery Bucklin (herein sometimes William or William Savery, or W.S.) painted and exhibited in art shows from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. He painted not only numerous individual oil and water color pictures, but also wall murals for public spaces and pictures for national magazines. During his working life, he was active principally in the east coast states, but lived temporarily at sundry places, including a cottage on the coast of California.

William Savery was inspired by the woods and streams of the area in which the New Jersey Phylanx movement formed a community. His best known or admired works tend to be those scenic views. William Savery stayed a resident of the Phylanx (near Red Bank, New Jersey ) all his life, and died there in 1928 at the age of 77.

William Savery Bucklin was born in 1851 in Red Bank, New Jersey. (In the Joseph Bucklin Society database his reference number is Buck291.) His father was a prime mover of the New Jersey Phylanx movement. The Phylanx movement attracted a number of intellectuals of the day, and, in New Jersey, the North American Phylanx community group produced several authors and artists.

William Savery Bucklin’s career as a painter started when he was 11 years old, when he sold a painting to the poet E. C. Stedman. William studied at the Normal Art School in Boston and the Art Students League in New York City, which became one of the country’s most important art schools. He was a member of the Art Students League; Greenwich Society of Artists, and the Professional League.

William Savery Bucklin exhibited, among other places, at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fire Arts, 1880-1881; Brooklyn Art Association, 1883-85; Boston Art Club; National Academy of Design, 18990; Art Institute of Chicago, 1891, 1894-96, 1901-03; 1913-14; and 1916.

William Savory Bucklin has been listed in a number of standard art reference works, including Mallett, Fieldings, Who’s Who, and Davenports.

William Savory Bucklin is also notable for being part of the Bucklin group in the the historically interesting American Phalanx movement of the 19th century.

We present here only part of what our database shows about William Savery Bucklin, and only part of the electronic images we maintain of his art. If you have a picture painted by William Savery Bucklin, please send us a digital photo of it, together with a description of it, so that we may include it in the catalog list of his known works of art, and preserve the information for future generations.

Painting by William Savory Bucklin
Above is a splendid example of W. S. Bucklin’s paintings. Lovely landscapes, extensive impasto. impressionist styling, and a “moody” palette typify most of Bucklin’s work. “Moody” might be better described as colors accurately conveying the cloudy light so common along the northeastern costal states of the United States.

The above oil painting is held by Virginia Berg, who says: “The painting was in my great aunt and great uncle’s home, at least from 1945 when first saw it.” Her statement describes what is typical history of W.S.Bucklin’s paintings during the last century, to wit: they have been held, usually in the same substantial frame, as a treasured part of a household, passed down by inheritance to the present day.

Spring by William Savory Bucklin
Another typical painting by William Savery Bucklin is titled “Spring.” The canvas, containing both oil and watercolor, contains Williams typical signature, shown above at the top of this article, with both the date of 1900 and “Phalanx” as the apparent date and place where it was painted. The painting measures approximately 37 3/4″ by 28 1/4″ and for some time has been in its present large frame under glass. The owner, Linda Rausch, received the painting before 1977 from her grandmother, and states:

“My grandmother originally had four paintings, titled Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. I remember the painting of Summer being about the size of Spring which is [shown above] …and as I recall it was as a meadow with a spring running through it and cows. Fall and Winter were smaller and unfortunately I don’t remember the details. I believe they were all oil and watercolor however, I’m not positive of that either.. . The one remaining painting is a treasure to me and it is extremely unfortunate that the others were lost in the house fire where my grandmother also died July 4th weekend of 1977….[My grandmother's family] the Fairchild family had an appreciation for his art and wanted to support that by purchasing some of his paintings. The painting is signed, however I have no idea if there is additional information under the backing. There are some tiny chips in the oil as it is under glass and I have never wanted to disturb that for fear of creating an additional problem.”

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Bradley Bucklin Born 1824 (Little Falls, New York). Died – 1915 (Troy, New York). Exhibited in National Academy of Design. Oil painter with subjects were primarily buildings, outdoor scenes, marine, still life, and portrait.
Bradley Bucklin's "Cabin Overlooking River Valley"

from the Diary of Miss Alvina Helmer
Written at Kast Bridge – March & April 1915

My Recollections of Eatonville as it Was in 1850

The diary of Miss Alvina Helmer, in the collections of the Herkimer County Historical Society, was digitally transcribed by Jane Dieffenbacher, Fairfield Town Historian. The material is Copyright ©1998 Herkimer County Historical Society and Copyright ©1998 Jane Dieffenbacher/ Martha S. Magill. The reminiscences in the diary notebook speak of the residents of Eatonville, a hamlet on the southwest corner of Fairfield, bordering on the Towns of Herkimer and Little Falls.

“…A little farther up the hill on the opposite side of the road was the dwelling owned and occupied by Benjamin Willard and family… He had a second wife then, who had been the widow of D’n'l Bucklin, her maiden name having been Sally Warner. She had 5 children of her former husband, three sons and two daughters. They were Daniel, Bradley, William, Sarah, and Mary Bucklin, who although grown up to man and womenhood, still made their home off and on with their mother until after marriage. The last children of Mr. Hall being all girls, Ellen, Lucy Ann, Rosalia, and Laura, all of them yet school girls. Bradley was an artist of considerable merit and he had some very fine pictures painted of scenery on the North Creek…”

Since writing of Squire Hall’s family, the following has come to my notice, copied from Utica semiweekly Press of Apr. 9, 1915, “Little Falls artist dead, L. Falls, Apr. 7. Bradley Brayton Bucklin, a former resident of this city, passed away in his studio at Troy, Mon. P.M. Apr. 5, where he has been located for the past 60 years. He was found dead in his chair, easel and paint brush in his hand, when a member of the family with whom he resided went to summon him to supper. He was born in the town of Little Falls near the site of the present C. Club in 1824, being the son of Daniel and Sarah Bucklin. From childhood he showed considerable aptitude as an artist and his parents gratified his desire for an art education. He never married. He leaves three sisters. Mrs. Otis Eysaman of this city is a cousin.”

Linda Bucklin has established a substantial web presence, with some vivid pictures, using many styles and techniques. Here are two samples of her work. View more at Linda’s Universe.

Artwork by Linda Bucklin
Artwork by Linda Bucklin

This artwork is copyrighted by Linda Bucklin, the original artist. If you want to copy or use these pictures, contact the copyright owner.

Lucia Bucklin has garnered many awards for her fine art photography. In 2005, the International Photography Awards (IPA) had over 16,000 entries from 32 countries, and Linda’s work was awarded Professional Division – Photographer of the Year Competition, 2nd Place – Nature Photography.

“Ms. Bucklin’s lush, dream-like photography transports the viewer to a totally new reality. Beautifully composed, these mysterious, gentle images serve to soothe and inspire.” Russell Ford Jr. Advertising Executive, Producer, Westport, CT.

Dance of Angels by Lucia Bucklin
This artwork is copyrighted by the original artist. If you want to copy or use these pictures, please contact the copyright owner.

The wildlife paintings of Roger Bucklin show up on stamps, and all sorts of outdoor related items. Ducks and other waterfowl are the subjects for which he is most well-known.
Artwork by Roger Bucklin
Artwork by Roger Bucklin