William Charles Piguenit (27 August 1836 – 17 July 1914) was an Australian landscape painter. Piguenit was born in Hobart, to Frederick Le Geyt Piguenit and Mary Ann née Igglesden. Frederick had been transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1830, with Frederick’s fiancee, Mary Ann, following him. They married in Hobart in 1833
William’s first artistic influences came from his mother, who set up a school for young ladies where she taught “French, music and drawing”.
In 1850 William became a draftsman with the Tasmanian Lands & Survey Department, working in particular on the Geological Survey of Tasmania.
During this period of employment Piguenit provided lithographic illustrations for, The Salmon Ponds and vicinity, New Norfolk Tasmania (Hobart Town: M.L. Henn, ).
He took painting lessons from the Scottish painter Frank Dunnett but until he got a good price for a painting from Sir James Agnew, he had little success as a painter.
Piguenit left the public service in 1873 to devote his time more fully to painting and his oils and watercolours of Tasmanian landscapes soon brought favourable reviews.
He was a participant in the venture to the western part of Tasmania – as found in the book Walk to the West.
His home in Lansdowne Crescent