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William Hancock Wilke

American, (1879–1958)
William Hancock Wilke was a painter, printmaker, designer and illustrator. Born in San Francisco, he studied with Arthur Mathews at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco and continued his studies in Paris at Académie Julian with Jean-Paul Laurens. Wilke returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1905, living in Berkeley and Palo Alto and worked as a designer in gold and silver for Shreve’s for over thirty years. He created illuminations and bookplates for the press of John Henry Nash as well as drawings, watercolors and etchings of scenes of San Francisco and environs.

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