Meeting at the Gate
Meeting at the Gate
Meeting at the Gate


Meeting at the Gate

1840 England

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1807 - 1881
Oil on panel 18 ½ x 14 inches
Framed size 22 ½ x 18 ¼ inches

E.C. Williams was a member of the famous Williams family of painters
and the eldest son of Edward Williams. Like his father, he painted mainly views along the Thames and some coastal scenes. It is known he sometimes collaborated with William Shayer on large gypsy or village scenes. He exhibited work at the Royal Academy from 1840 -1864, the British Institution and Suffolk Street. There is an unmistakably English quality about the village scenes of this painter, his use of pale ochre’s, fresh blues and a subtle contrast of warm and cold greys add to the unassuming charm of his paintings.
He had several addresses in Tottenham Court Road artist’s quarter but was the only Williams who never lived in Barnes, which seems to place him slightly outside the family circle. Although his move to Buckingham Cottage, Hammersmith in 1854 was immediately on the other side of the Thames. His first wife Mary Ann died in 1857. His only child Alice was born in the following year to the nurse who had been looking after his wife. EC had a serious eye disease and failing sight, he remained in Hammersmith for many years at his home West Lodge.
Edward Charles Williams died in respectable poverty at 17 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush aged 74, on 25 July 1881.

Works in Public Collections: Holburne Museum of Art Bath; Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool; Government Art Collection London; Sheffield City Art Galleries; Atkinson Art Gallery Southport; Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Bibl: Victorian Painters – Christopher Wood
The Williams Family of Painters - Jan Reynolds

This painting was possibly painted as a pair to the identical sized panel sold at James Julia, USA auction in 2010 Lot 1562.

Height 18.50 inch (46.99 cm)
Width 14.00 inch (35.56 cm)
External Height 22.50 inch (57.15 cm)
External Width 18.25 inch (46.35 cm)
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