William Hession (1883-1979)

William Hession
Single House, Charleston

oil on canvas board
14 x 10 inches
signed lower right and dated '51
Inscription verso partially obscured by tape.


William Hession was a stone cutter and later a fireman on the Illinois Central Railroad, as well as a photographer and painter. He painted scenes far-flung from his native Louisville, Kentucky. He was a friend of Fontaine Talbot Fox III, famous for the "Toonerville Trolley" comic strip.

A collection of his photographs is held by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.