William Dunlap, an American painter and author, born in Perth Amboy, N. J., Feb. 19, 1766, died Sept. 28, 1839. In his 17th year he began to paint portraits, and in the summer of 1783 executed one of Washington. The next spring he went to London, and for several years was a pupil of Benjamin West. After his return to America he tried various pursuits, including painting, literary work, theatrical management, etc.; but at the age of 51, after repeated failures, he became permanently a painter. He executed a series of pictures on subjects selected by West and somewhat after his style, which were exhibited in various parts of the United States. He was also one of the founders of the New York academy of design. His "History of the American Theatre," published in 1832, and "Arts of Design in the United States," are standard works of much interest. He also wrote a number of plays, a biography of Charles Brockden Brown, and a "History of the New Netherlands" (2 vols. 8vo, 1840).