William Bell (1811–1890). Poet and painter, son of Robert
S., an engraver, and brother of David S., painter, born in Edinburgh,
settled in London, and painted chiefly historical subjects.
He published five vols. of poetry, including Hades and The Year
of the World, and many fine sonnets, a form of poetry in which
he excelled, and in prose Half-hour Lectures on Art and The
Little Masters in the Great Artists Series. He also ed. a series
of “English Poets,” and wrote a Life of his brother
and one of Albrecht Dürer, etc.
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