|William Lionel Wyllie
|Image 90 x 68 mm, Plate 100 x 74 mm, Sheet 167 x 140 mm
An invitation card to William Lionel Wyllie exhibition of works at the Fine Art Society, with etched vignette of a boat and silhouetted figures, inscribed:
Holiday Drawings in France and Italy by W.L.Wyllie. A.R.A / The Fine Art Society request the honour of your company on Saturday the 23rd (amended 30th) January 148 New Bond Street.
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. 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.
Ex.Col.: Frank Emanuel. (Collectors stamp below plate)