William Daniels
William Daniels


Illustrated in Dictionary of Portrait Painters page 159

1813 -1880 signed & dated 1850
Oil on canvas 22 ½ by 19 inches
Framed size 33 ¼ x 29 inches

William Daniels was born in Liverpool on 9 May 1813, son of a brick maker and victualler. He began work as an apprentice bricklayer but developed a talent for modelling portraits in clay.
These were admired by Alexander Mosses, who took him as a pupil at Liverpool Academy Schools from 21 February 1827 to c.1831 and apprenticed him to a wood engraver until c.1833.
William practised painting at night by candle light and attracted the patronage and encouragement of Sir Joshua Walmsley.
In 1839 he married Mary Owen of Liverpool.
William developed a very successful portrait practice in Liverpool.
He also exhibited his paintings; 7 at the Royal Academy and also the Liverpool Academy of Arts from 1840 to 1862.
He was a fascinating painter with a prodigious talent for painting powerful romantic subjects often containing his own image.
According to Marillier he acquired ‘a taste for low life and convivial associations spoilt his chances and destroyed his excellent promise’. As a result, his work tails off in the 1860’s.

William Daniels died on 13 October 1880 at Everton, Liverpool.

He had a fondness for a strong chiaroscuro effects and often portrayed his sitters with dark penetrating eyes.
His work could be variable, most likely due to drink, but he was capable of great heights.

Works Represented: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 24 works; Victoria & Albert Museum

Bibl: Dictionary of Portrait Painters – Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten
Height 22.50 inch (57.15 cm)
Width 19.00 inch (48.26 cm)
External Height 33.25 inch (84.45 cm)
External Width 29.00 inch (73.66 cm)
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