|William Lionel Wyllie RA, RI, RE (1851-1931)|
The Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Bridge with Dutch Eel Schuits moored off Billingsgate.
William Lionel Wyllie RA, RI, RE (1851-1931).
Etching on wove paper.
Signed in pencil lower left.
19.8 x 25 cm. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches.
Provenance: David Messum Gallery, 1977.
This etching shows the bustling waterfront at Billingsgate Market on the north bank of the River Thames, with Tower Bridge and the Tower of London beyond.
Britain's largest inland fish-market was originally established in the streets near Billingsgate Wharf at the north end of London Bridge. It was based at Lower Thames Street, in the City of London. The original building, was built in 1849 but was demolished soon after in 1875 to make way for the French Empire style arcaded market hall that exists today. The market moved to the Isle of Dogs in 1982.
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.