WILLIAM MARPLE (b. 1827, New York–d. 1910, Aspen, Colo.)
Born and bred in New York, William Marple was attracted to California by the Gold Rush of 1849, establishing himself in Placerville before removing in 1866 to San Francisco, where he devoted himself to landscape painting. He subsequently took up residence in Europe about 1869 to apply himself to the study of the Old Masters; in 1871 he returned to the United States, painting with much pecuniary success in the Northeast, California, Midwest, and Intermontane West.