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Walter Williams Near Norwich, Oil Painting
REF: 11301 / LA75656
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Walter WILLIAMS (act.1841-1880) A tranquil painting of two “Post Windmills” near Norwich, silhouetted in the night sky. In the foreground a shepherd and his dog tend the flock. Signed bottom right, inscribed on name plaque and presented in period frame, probably the original. George Walter Williams was on 29 November 1834 in London, being the son of the well-known Victorian landscape painter George Augustus Williams and his wife Caroline Smith. He became a painter like his father, and married another painter Jane Pearcy (1832-1872), with whom he had two children - Florence Ada Williams (1859-1927) and Cyril Stanley Williams (b. 1863) - both of whom became painters. He is commonly confused with a contemporary, but different, landscape painter named Walter Heath Williams, to whom he is not related. The former generally signed his works Walter Williams or W. Williams, whereas the latter used Walter H. Williams or simply W.H. Williams, the similarity in their signatures adding to the confusion between the two artists. Walter Williams generally painted subjects similar to those by the rest of his family, with bodies of still water next to dense thickets of trees against backdrops of hills and clouds. His paintings tend to be dark in tone with a profusion of green. By contrast, Walter Heath Williams painted landscapes that are much lighter and brighter in tone, characterized by yellows and light browns, his favourite subjects being farm fields with corn stalks and piles of hay. Williams lived at 8 Lonsdale Terrace in Surrey for most of his life, and he exhibited a total of 81 paintings at the Royal Academy (10 works), the British Institution (14 works) and the Society of British Artists (47 works).
Fox Fine Art has clarified that the Walter Williams Near Norwich, Oil Painting (LA75656) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1870
In clean condition. There is an old repair to the canvas top centre with associated overpainting. The frame has minor repairs to the plasterwork.
UK delivery £22, worldwide £66.