William Newton is a writer and commentator who lives in Washington, D.C. He serves as Art Critic for the online magazine The Federalist. Newton has been blogging in one form or another since 1998, which is longer than some of his current readers have been alive.
In May 2018, Newton was invited to speak to the Catholic Art Guild in Chicago, on the place of sacred art in an increasingly secular world. In November 2018, he was invited back to Chicago to moderate the closing panel discussion of the Guild’s Annual Conference. Video of both appearances can be found on the Media page.
From 2008 until 2018, Newton blogged regularly on his now-archived site, Blog of the Courtier. Several of his blog posts were selected for promotion as “Freshly Pressed” by the editors of WordPress. Many other posts from the site have been republished or linked to by other sites and online publications.
Since 2012, Newton himself has appeared as a guest or co-host on several podcasts, providing commentary on a variety of topics, such as art and architecture, film and literature, and religion in contemporary society. His lone television appearance to date was as a discussion panelist for the BBC, during the course of which he pointed out on air that the host of the program was lying. This marked the beginning and the end of his career on the small screen.
The eldest of the four *highly* opinionated children of an American father and a Catalan mother, Newton was born in Illinois, lived briefly in Barcelona, and grew up in Pennsylvania. He was educated for 12 years by nuns who neither spared the rod nor spoiled the child, and has the penmanship to prove it. Newton went on to earn his undergrad degree at Georgetown, his law degree at Notre Dame, and his Master’s at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.
In his spare time, Newton is usually adding more pieces to his increasingly unwieldy art collection, or planning his next trip to Spain.