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Deaf History: Artist William Agnew

Amateur artist William Agnew died on this day (Dec 21) in 1914.

The deaf painter created a series of pictures (none of which survived) which made him famous, showing Queen Victoria using finger spelling to communicate with a deaf woman on the Isle of Wight. Educated at the Glasgow Institution where he took a leadership role as an adult, Agnew opposed the oral system in favor of signing.

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