|William Lionel Wyllie RA, RI, RE (1851-1931)|
The Thames at Billingsgate, London Bridge beyond.
8 x 15 3/4 inches.
Signed in pencil and dedicated by the artist to Sir John Burnet,
FRIBA, RSA, RA (1857-1938).
Provenance: Gift of the artist to Sir John Burnet FRSE, FRIBA, RSA, RA (1857-1938) and by descent in the Burnet family.
Sir John Burnet, to whom the artist has dedicated this etching, was a prominent Scottish architect who
designed, with Thomas Tait, Adeleide House on the north side of London Bridge. When it was completed in 1925, Adeleide House was the city's tallest office block and is visible in this etching on the river
front in front of St Magnus-the-Martyr Church.
William Lionel Wyllie RA, RI, RE (1851-1931):
Painter in oil and watercolour and etcher of marine and coastal subjects, Wyllie was arguably the most important marine painter of his age. He studied in London at Heatherley's and the Royal Academy Schools where he won the Turner Gold Medal in 1869. His paintings, especially scnes of the Thames and the British fleet, became very well known through reproductions and engravings. During the last twenty-five years of his life he concentrated mainly on Naval and historical painting, often on a large scale, and on mastering the technique of etching. His charming and sensitive watercolours are usually of the coast of Northern France and occasionally of the Channel Islands. He exhibited frequently in London at the Royal Academy, Society of British Artists, New Watercolour Society, Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere.
Collections: Tate Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth etc.