Happy Birthday Robert W. Weir!! American painter, Robert Weir was born in 1803 and fathered 16 children. He passed his love of art on to his youngest son who became an American Impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir. After studying art in New York, he went to Italy and studied there until 1827. He was a member of the Hudson River School painters and also a professor at The United States Military Academy. Weir was best known for his historical paintings such as The Embarkation of the Pilgrims, Which still hangs in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol building in Washington DC.