Also seen as William Daniels RA

Penlee House, Penzance holds a set of original pencil drawings for the Penzance and St Michael's Mount aquatints (produced in 1813) by Daniell for Richard Ayton's book A Voyage Around Great Britain.

In 1799 Daniell entered the RA Schools, following in the footsteps of his uncle Thomas DANIELL (1749-1840) who had become responsible for bringing up his orphaned nephew. This was after William had accompanied his uncle to India, where Thomas worked as an engraver after his own training at the RA Schools (1773) and exhibiting at the RA; hence William was already an experienced landscape painter. 

In 1813 William embarked on a trip around the whole coast of Great Britain, and his resultant works are recognised as his greatest artistic triumph, and a high point in the history of aquatint engraving. He started his journey at Lands End, going up the northern coast of Cornwall, but did not complete his circuit of Britain until August and September 1823, when he did the southern coast of the county, taking in Looe, Polperro, Fowey, Mevagissey and Falmouth. By this juncture, he had been elected a Royal Academician (1822) - the final vote being between him and John Constable. (Tovey, 2021 - see below).

His brother Samuel DANIELL (1775-1811) was a topographical artist.


Painter, printmaker, aquatint engraver

works and access

Works include:The long-ships light house off the lands end Cornwall (1819); The entrance to Portreath, Cornwall (1819); Polperro (1825)

A set of original pencil drawings for the Penzance and St Michael's Mount aquatints (1813) for A Voyage Around Great Britain (Ayton)

Access to Work: Penlee House, Penzance; Aberdeen; Bedford; British Museum; Cardiff; Guildhall, London; Hull; Leeds; Leicester; Maidstone; Whitworth, Manchester; New College, Oxford; P&O collection; Stapleton Collection; Swansea; V&A; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven





ARA 1807

RA 1822



Grove Dictionary of Art

Prior ed (2007) An Illustrated Journey Round the World by Thomas, William & Samuel Daniell (The Folio Society MMVII)

Tovey, David (2021) Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre - Volume One - Pre-1920, Wilson Books