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SA755037

Billingsgate And The Customs House - William L. Wyllie - Original Signed Etching - London -thames -marine.

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£750 | $1,021 USD | €835 EUR
Item Number: SA755037
Date of manufacture: 1920
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Rayner Fine Art
This antique has been viewed 21 times in the past month with the most views from France.

Description

BILLINGSGATE AND THE CUSTOM HOUSE
ORIGINAL ETCHING WITH DRYPOINT
SIGNED IN PENCIL BY THE ARTIST
PUBLISHED 1927 BY R. DUNTHORNE AND SON OF VIGO ST. LONDON W1
WILLIAM LIONEL WYLLIE RA, RBA, RI, RE.
1851 – 1931
Signed.
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Frame Size 47 x 58 cms
Image size 25 x 37.5 cms
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A fine etching of the Thames, busy with trade, by this highly collected marine artist who has been described as “the most distinguished marine artist of his day”. He had an obsessive love of the sea and all the vessels that can be found on it from dinghies to World War I battleships.
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William Wyllie is most famous for his etchings but was also a fine painter in oils and watercolours. He is most highly regarded member of a family of marine artists, son of William Morison Wyllie and brother of Charles William Wyllie. He was born in London and studied with his father and also at Heatherleys and Royal Academy schools where he won the Turner Gold Medal in 1869. At the RA School he studied under Sir Edwin Landseer, John Everet Millais and Sir Frederick Leighton.
Wyllie was elected to full membership of the Society of British Artists in 1875, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1882, New English Art Club 1887 and Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers 1903. He became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1889 and a full Royal Academician in 1907.
He exhibited at the RA from 1868 as well as Sussex Street, New Watercolour Society and the Grosvenor Gallery.
His work is held at the Tate, National Maritime Museum Greenwich, Imperial War Museum and National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Exhibited widely eg: Royal Society of Painter-Etcher and Engravers, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Academy, Fine Art Society,
Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters, Leicester Gallery London, Agnews and Sons and many more.
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Good condition, presented in a new acid free conservation mount and new dark wood frame.
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Biography from the Royal Navy Museum
WILLIAM L. WYLLIE, MARITIME ARTIST
Born 5th July 1851, in London. The British marine artist William Lionel Wyllie was the son of the artist William Morison Wyllie, and Katherine Smythe (nee Benham). Wyllie showed artistic talent from an early age. He attended Heatherley’s art school until the age of fifteen, leaving to study at the Royal Academy Schools, where he won the Turner Medal at the age of eighteen.
In the early 1870’s Wyllie became an illustrator for the Graphic. He held several exhibitions at galleries of the Fine Art Society and elsewhere. In 1889 he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy, and exhibited his work there in 1901, an event which greatly enhanced his reputation. Wyllie spent much of his time at sea working for the White Star Shipping Line and serving in the Royal Navy during WWI.
Wyllie painted seascapes and coastal landscapes, in which his treatment of light and atmosphere was the predominant feature, bringing to the paintings a feeling of peace and tranquility. His watercolours and oils portrayed a wide range of maritime subjects, from destroyers and battleships to fishing boats and sailing dinghies.
It was his etchings and watercolours showing working life on the Thames and the Medway that brought him widespread popularity. Later in his life he played an important role in the restoration of the Victory, and this led him to paint, somewhat uncharacteristically, the 42 foot panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar as seen from the stern of the French ship of the line Neptune. He completed the panorama in 1930 with the assistance of his daughter Aileen.
Wyllie died on the 6th April 1931 in Hampstead, and scouts from the 1st Portchester Sea Scout Troop, which he had founded, rowed his coffin across Portsmouth Harbour for his burial at Portchester Castle.
© Royal Naval Museum Library, 2004



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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1920.


Dimensions

Height = 47 cm (18.5")
Width = 58 cm (22.8")
Depth = 2 cm (0.8")


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Rayner Fine Art
Gloucestershire
United Kingdom
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