Object Description

Edward Williams
British, (1781-1855)
Cottage in a Wooded Landscape
Oil on canvas
Image size: 17 inches x 20.5 inches
Size including frame: 22.5 inches x 26 inches

Object Literature

Edward Williams was born in Lambeth, London in 1781. His was the son of the engraver Edward Williams (c.1755-1797) and Mary Ward, sister of James Ward, the animal painter and William Ward the engraver. His sons Alfred Walter, Arthur Gilbert, Edward Charles, George Augustus, Sidney Richard Percy and Henry John Boddington also became artists and his family is known as the Williams family of painters, also referred to as the Barnes School.

He started his career as an apprentice carver and gilder before becoming a successful landscape artist. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, British Institution, Suffolk Street and elsewhere from 1815. Williams lived near the artists quarter associated with Tottenham Court Road in London, before moving to 32 Castelnau Villas in Barnes, Surrey in 1846. He set up a studio in the carriage house at the back and continued to paint and teach, surrounded by most of his sons who either lived in the house or took houses close by. This communal artist setting gave rise to the Barnes School name. He painted many of the local Thames River, farm fields and wooded estates, often with the inclusion of figures such as in this fine example.

Examples of his work are held by Essex County Council, Norfolk Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, Sheffield Museum, the Tate and the York Museum.
The painting is housed in a new English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.

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