William Lionel Wyllie (1853-1931) Oil on Canvas 'Washing Day', Signed and Dated 1884
This very atmospheric and absolutely charming oil painting depicts a group of ladies washing their clothes in the sea with numerous vessels off shore.
It would have been painted near Wimereux, Calais, France where Wyllie vacated over the summer with his family in his earlier years.
The painting sits in an elegant wooden frame with a name plaque to the lower middle which reads: W. L. WYLLIE. It is signed to the lower right W. Wyllie and dated 1884.
~ William Lionel Wyllie (R.A.) ~
William Lionel Wyllie R.A was born on the 5th July 1851 in London. W L Wyllie studied at Heatherleys and later at The Royal Academy Schools where in 1869 he won the Turner medal. It was here he studied under the great artists of the time, including Landseer, Leighton and Millais. He moved to Portsmouth in 1907. During the First World War the Admiralty gave him permission to travel on many of the naval ships, where he produced a significant number of drawings, many of which are available here as black and white and coloured book plates of the period. One of his major works was commissioned by the United Services Club in 1926, the painting being the Battle of Jutland. William Lionel Wyllie died on the 6th April 1931. He certainly was one of the leading naval and maritime artists of the Victorian and Edwardian Periods.
~ Dimensions ~
The frame is 24.25 inches (61.5cm) tall by 38.25 inches (97cm) wide and 2.5 inches (6.5cm) wide.
The painting is 17.5 inches (44.5cm) tall by 31 inches (79cm) wide.
The total weight is 6.2 kilograms.
~ Condition ~
The painting is in very decent & clean condition with slight crackling to the oil paint. The colours are vivid.
The frame is in decent order apart from minor cracks.