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FISHERFOLK ON THE HAMPSHIRE COAST
WILLIAM SHAYER SENIOR
1787 - 1879 Signed & dated 1839
Oil on canvas 28 x 36 inches
Framed size 32 x 40 inches
William Shayer Snr was a famous painter of landscapes and coastal scenes. Born in Southampton, his initial training as a coach painter provided him with a thorough technical grounding.
He used skilful glazing techniques, which give his works great depth and luminosity. His work typifies English rural life in the first half of the 19th Century and frequently depicts Hampshire and the New Forest.
His work falls into two categories; firstly woodland scenes with gypsies, rustic figures and animals, and secondly, beach or coastal scenes with boats and fisherfolk.
Shayer was prolific through necessity, having 10 children before he fully established as an artist. William Joseph & Edward Dashwood became artists, as did Shayer’s two sons by his second wife Elizabeth, Henry Thring & Charles Waller.
He exhibited many works including 338 at Suffolk Street, the Royal Academy from 1820 -1843, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the British Institute.
This is one of the finest examples and is dated 1839 and entirely by William Senior without the assistance of his son’s who acted as studio assistants in many of his later paintings.
Works in public collections: Numerous British Museums including the Tate Gallery, London, Glasgow Art Gallery, Leicester Art Gallery, V&A Museum, Sunderland Art Gallery and many more.
Bibl: The Shayer Family of Painters - Steward / Cutten
|Height||28.00 inch||(71.12 cm)|
|Width||36.00 inch||(91.44 cm)|
|External Height||32.00 inch||(81.28 cm)|
|External Width||40.00 inch||(101.60 cm)|
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