By: Benson, J. Leonard. William Merritt Post specialized in picturing the country stream. He was born in 1856 and as a young man lived in New York City. He was attracted to wooded areas, especially those with water, and in 1879, upon visiting a marshy region; he noted I know if I was an artist that this region would be one of the first places I should strike for. Published by: The Mattatuck Museum Historical Society 1997. Publication date: January 1, 1997.