Robert Walter Weir, an American painter, born in New Rochelle, N. Y., June 18, 1803. He studied in Italy in 1824-'7, and on his return opened a studio in New York. In 1834 he was appointed instructor, and since 1846 has been professor of drawing at West Point. His best works are " Red Jacket," "The Antiquary introducing Lovel to his Womankind," "Bourbon's Last March," "The Landing of Hendrik Hudson," "Columbus before the Council of Salamanca," "The Embarkation of the Pilgrims," in the rotunda of the capitol at Washington, and the " Indian Captives," in the Boston Athenaeum. Among noted pictures in private collections in New York are his " View of the Hudson from West Point," " The Greek Girl," " Pactum by Moonlight," " A Pier at Venice," a cabinet copy of "The Embarkation of the Pilgrims," and " Rebecca " from "Ivanhoe." - His son, John Ferguson Weir, since 1869 professor of painting and design in the Yale college school of fine arts, has painted " The Gun Foundery," " Column of St. Mark, Venice," " Lago Maggiore," " The Confessional," " Christmas Bell," and " Culprit Fay".