Charles William Wyllie.
English ( b.1853 - d.1923 ).
The Upper Pool of London, River Thames.
Oil on Canvas.
Signed lower left.
Image size 17.3 inches x 31.5 inches ( 44cm x 80cm ).
Frame size 26 inches x 40.2 inches ( 66cm x 102cm ).
For sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Charles William Wyllie dating from the early 1880s is presented and supplied in its original frame (which is shown in these photographs).
The painted surface and the frame have benefitted from cleaning, restoration and conservation, which took place in 2021 on our instructions.
The painted canvas has been lined previously in the last 40 years to provide support generally and specifically to a repair in the canvas in the upper right quadrant running vertically for 5cm in the area at the top of the mast of the furthest vessel on the left. When we acquired the painting, the damage was well repaired and stable but was certainly visible. Our restoration technique has made the repair invisible and returned the painting to its former glory for the present day and for the future.
This antique painting is now in very good condition, commensurate with its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower left.
Provenance: Previously with David Messum Fine Art, 8 Cork Street, London W1X 1PB.
Charles Wyllie was a well-known illustrator and artist of landscapes, marine and coastal scenes. He was born in London into an artistic bohemian family. His elder brother, William Wyllie, was also a celebrated and prolific artist.
Charles, like his brother, received no formal schooling but showed considerable talents in reading, writing and music and was taught to sing by his mother. Charles completed his education studying at Leigh’s School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools.
Charles Wyllie first had one of his works exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872, when he was only 13 years old. Five years later his painting ‘Digging for Bait’ was bought for the Chantry Bequest. Over his lifetime he exhibited some 141 works, including 32 at the Royal Academy. He was a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
During the First World War Charles Wylie served as a naval camouflage expert with the rank of lieutenant R.N.V.R. He was married to Marian Noyes and they had two sons. He lived and worked for most of his life at St John’s Wood in London, where he died on 28 July 1923.
Today he is represented by works in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Tate Galley. His best works are those depicting the Channel coast, the Thames and Venice.
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Charles William Wyllie 1853 - 1923. English. The Upper Pool of London, River Thames. Signed. Framed. Oil on Canvas.
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