William B. Van Ingen

William B. Van Ingen (1858–1955) was a stained glass artist and painter perhaps best known for his Panama Canal murals.


Van Ingen was born in Philadelphia. He was a student of Christian Schuessele and Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, before moving to New York City, where he apprenticed under noted stained glass artists John La Farge, Francis Lathrop, and Lewis C. Tiffany. Van Ingen was also known for his abilities in mural painting, particularly for the work he did for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, the Federal Building in Indianapolis, Indiana[1][2] and the Panama Canal Authority.[3]

Panama Canal murals

Of the murals, Van Ingen said, "I tried to compose into one picture the views to be seen from different standpoints, but united in the mind. It enabled me to combine different periods of time in the construction work." He also said, "[a]ny success the paintings may have had, came, I believe, from an endeavor to see with the eyes of the man in the ditch."


  1. Taylor, Stevens, Ponder & Brockman, Indiana: A New Historical Guide, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN 1989 p. 404
  2. "USCH Visitors Guide" (PDF). November 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  3. "William Brantley Van Ingen". PCPC Web Site. Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee. Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-11-25. William B. Van Ingen was born in Philadelphia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as a pupil of Thomas Eakins and Christian Schuessele. After completing his studies at the Academy, he moved to New York where he apprenticed under three noted stained glass artists: John La Farge, Francis Lathrop, and Lewis C. Tiffany.
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