William Verplanck Birney' was an artist whose subject matter covered many countries including American and Europe, and he painted whatever happened to strike his interest such as roof tops, kitchens, houses, whatever. His work is highly detailed and strong in color and composition.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1858 and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy and the Royal Academy of Munich. He was a member of the Fine Arts Federation, Lotos Club, National Academy of Design, New York Watercolor Club, and the Salmagundi Club. He died in 1909.