From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 1007

WILLIAM L. KNOWLES, artist, was born in 1846 in Middlesex Co., Conn. Was educated in the public schools of his native county. Has been an art student with several noted portrait and landscape painters. Some of his earliest labors were as artist for Harper Bros., N.Y. Was nearly three years located in Hartford, Conn. Has given some time to book illustrations, but later years has confined himself to portrait and landscape painting. He was four years in Davenport, Iowa. He was married Sept. 25, 1879 to Miss Kate WASSALL, daughter of a Congregational clergyman, formerly of Galena, Ill. He located in Madison in February 1880; his studio is in the Mutual Insurance Block. Among the portraits, not yet left his studio, the most prominent are Prof. S. H. CARPENTER, deceased, Gen. David ATWOOD and Hon. S. D. HASTINGS. Mr. KNOWLES was two years Art Instructor at Cedar Valley Seminary, Osage, Iowa.

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