William Langley (British, 1852-1922) was a prolific Victorian landscape painter, primarily in oil, who specialized in coastal beach scenes. Little is known about his life. He is frequently confused with the West Country artist Walter Langley but this is incorrect. He is mentioned in Hidden Talents. A dictionary of Neglected Artists Working 1880-1950 by Jeremy Wood (published 1994): "Painter in oil of rural landscapes and coastal scenes who was working in the early 1900s. The subjects of this prolific artist included views in Cornwall, the South of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Among the titles of known works are 'On the Lledr', 'Wee Bridge, Killarney', 'In the Glen', and 'Sunshine after Rain, a Village in the Thames'. The pictures are often large and decorative and have become increasingly popular in recent years."
While his high auction price is over $3,100.00, private collectors have paid more in galleries in Europe and worldwide. This particular painting truly brings you to the lake, to enjoy the profusion of birds and the loveliness of the day. There are several watercraft on the lake as well.
Title: "By The Lake"
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Size: 16 by 24 inches (40.6 by 61.0 cm)
Signed lower right: William Langley
Condition: Glue-lined canvas. Under UV light there are small areas of inpaint scattered in sky and there are a few small areas of inpaint to frame abrasion.
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