Born in Liverpool, his studies were in Paris and Antwerp under Verlat. Williams worked across France and in Africa and Italy winning many international medals and awards. He specialised in coastal painting, in particular harbours and estuaries.
The artist first arrived in St Ives in about 1890; returned many times but never settled there. He worked the Cornish and Devon coastline in a nomadic manner throughout his life. Greatly influenced by Impressionists, he produced bright and colourful scenes which gave a glow of the Mediterranean.
He contributed two series of six self-illustrated articles to The Artist on 'Pastel Art' (1932) and 'Harbour and Fishing Subjects' (1935). Each included colour and black & white plates of the artist's work. He was himself the subject in `Famous Artists', No 8 in May 1932, when his Twilight St Ives was featured. In December of 1932, The Artist reported that Williams had just returned to London from spending eleven weeks in Mousehole painting from a picture window overlooking the harbour.
Painter of landscapes and marine subjects, writer
works and access
Works include: Red and Gold, Brixham Lobster Fisherman (1908) San Giogio, Venice Near the Doge's Palace, Venice
Access: Aberdeen; Bristol; Cardiff; Leeds; Liverpool; Newport; Oldham; Preston; QMDH; Tate Britain
// Cape Town; Christchurch; Nelson; Perth; Sydney; Timaru; Wanganui; Wellington
RA, 1914: 3 paintings exhibited including; Sunset glow: St Ives;
Lanhams, September, w/c of St Ives harbour 1913, October
Penlee House, 29 November 2008 - 14 March 2009: A Village in Focus: Mousehole, A Village in Focus: Newlyn
BIR (5); BA; Barbizon; CHE (5); DUD (2); DOW; FIN (75); GI (28); LI (52); LEI (75; MC (3); NEAC (3); NG (2); RHA; RI (130); RID (67); ROI (111); RSA (4)
RBA: 1894; ROI: 1903; VPRI: 1904; ARA: (1924); RA: (1933); STISA: 1929-36; SRA: 1936
misc further info
Personal Bibl: The Artist, two 6-part series, 1932 and 1935 illustrated with his own work.
Apollo XI 1930 p 341; Studio XC 1925 pp 110-15; special Number 1919: 'British Marine Painting', pp 34, 132
Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall p353 Bibl [incl Dowdeswell Exh Cat entries]
Johnson & Greutzner
Tovey (2000) George Fagan Bradshaw - Submariner & Marine Artist, etc. STISA Principal members list p228; (2003) Creating a Splash (photo); (2009) St Ives/ Social History
Who's Who in Art 1934
C Wood (2008) Victorian Painters
Wormleighton Morning Tide