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AN ENCAMPMENT IN THE NEW FOREST
WILLIAM SHAYER SENIOR
1787 - 1879
Oil on panel 11 ¾ x 10 inches
Framed size 16 ½ x 14 ½ 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. 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.
Shayers work falls into two main categories: woodland scenes, populated with gypsies, animals and cheerful rustics and coastal scenes based around small boats, fishermen and their families mending their nets.
This painting is typical of Shayer’s early work and he often used this subject for his paintings and most of these woodland views are set in the New Forest.
Works Represented: Numerous British Museums including the Tate Gallery, London; Glasgow Art Gallery; Leicester Art Gallery; V&A Museum; Sunderland Art Gallery and Private Collections.
Bibl: The Shayer Family of Painters- Steward/Cutten
Victorian Painters – Christopher Wood
19th C British Marine Painting – Denys Brook-Hart
|Height||11.75 inch||(29.84 cm)|
|Width||10.00 inch||(25.40 cm)|
|External Height||16.50 inch||(41.91 cm)|
|External Width||14.50 inch||(36.83 cm)|
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