George Augustus Williams – Moonlit, Winter Scene

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George Augustus Williams, British (1814 – 1901)
Moonlit, Winter Scene
Oil on Board
16.5 x 14.5 inches Framed

10 x 7.5 Unframed

Private collection, United Kingdom

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George Augustus Williams was a landscape painter, being a member of the well-known Williams family of painters. He was the third son of Edward Williams, born on 04 May 1814 in the St. Marylebone district of London. He was a prolific and versatile artist, painting Thames views, moonlight scenes, coastal subjects and landscapes in Kent, Wales and elsewhere.

By 1841 he and his wife Caroline had a family of four sons and a daughter. Later they moved to Barnes, (almost within sight of the Thames, which Williams so often used as the subject of his paintings) where the artist lived for over fifty years.

George almost certainly inherited a talent from his background, but his work also contains distinguishing characteristics, which give it a very definite identity. He handled colour with great freedom, producing a variety of surface and delicate fluidity of tone, a golden harmony that owes something to J.M. Turner. Whether winter or summer scenes, these canvases are overlaid with a subtle transparency of yellow glazing, creating either warmth or cold, according to the value of the tones employed.

Williams exhibited mainly at Suffolk Street (140 works) as well as at the Royal Academy between 1841 and 1885, British Institution and elsewhere.

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