William Lionel Wyllie and the Thames
When Wyllie died in Portsmouth in 1931, he was the country's most famous marine painter. He was known for:
But nearly 50 years before, in the early 1880s, Wyllie had made his name with his unconventional paintings of the River Thames.
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When he was about 12 he went to art school in London, and in 1866 he started at the Royal Academy Schools. In 1869 he won the Turner Gold Medal for landscape.
In 1870 one of the first pictures he exhibited at the Royal Academy was London from the Monument, a panoramic view of the city and the river.
Wyllie's Thames pictures led him to be elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1889. By 1907, when he became a Royal Academician, he had moved to a house at the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour. He had largely turned to painting naval and historical subjects. Nevertheless, he continued to make prints of London and the Thames to the end of his life.
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