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Born in Southampton in 1787, Shayer’s initial training as a coach painter provided him with a thorough technical grounding, however he was basically a self taut artist. His work falls into two distinct categories, firstly, woodland or country scenes with gypsies, rustic figures and animals; secondly, beach or coastal with boats and fisher folk . Shayer often repeated certain constructional formulae so his pictures often had a similar feel to them.
William also 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 was fully established as an artist. His sons William Joseph & Edward Dashwood became artists, as did Shayer’s two sons by his second wife Elizabeth; Henry Thring & Charles Waller. He exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists and at the Royal Academy; many of his works are now displayed in provincial museums.
|Height||28.00 inch||(71.12 cm)|
|Width||36.00 inch||(91.44 cm)|