William Frederick Friend was born in Washington, D.C., about 1820. He taught drawing privately. He was active in England between 1842 and 1845, in Boston about 1845-47, in Philadelphia about 1847-49, in Washington about 1851. He died in Littlehampton, England, in 1891.
He travelled to New York, Albany, Troy, and Rochester, New York, Trenton, New-Jersey, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, and Quebec City, 1849-51, sketching for his « Panorama of Canada and the United States ».
Friend was a watercolourist and a painter.
Friend’s panorama was presented in North America and Great Britain in the mid-1850s.
Source: Catalogue of the national gallery of Canada, Canadian art, volume one, Ottawa, 1988, p. 74.