William Thornley – <em>Shipping on the Medway & A Fresh Breeze</em>
William Thornley – <em>Shipping on the Medway & A Fresh Breeze</em>
William Thornley – <em>Shipping on the Medway & A Fresh Breeze</em>
William Thornley – <em>Shipping on the Medway & A Fresh Breeze</em>
William Thornley – <em>Shipping on the Medway & A Fresh Breeze</em>
William Thornley – <em>Shipping on the Medway & A Fresh Breeze</em>

William Thornley – Shipping on the Medway & A Fresh Breeze

c. 1880 England

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Shipping on the Medway & A Fresh Breeze are a very good pair of atmospheric pictures depicting shipping and coastal life in an important 19th century port and along a breezy coastline. Painted by a man who liked to confuse others with the use in his professional life of variations of his name - William Thornley.

According to art historian Denys Brook-Hart, Thornley was actually a man called Charles Thornley who worked from an address in Paddington London, but later moved to Rochester in Kent. Although called Charles, his most known name was William Thornley, he would sell and exhibit his pictures under the names Charles Thornley, William Thornley, Hubert Thornley or variations of Thornbery, all these painters actually being the same man. Thornley flourished from 1859-1898 and exhibited at Royal Academy through out this period. He also exhibited at the British Institution from 1861 till its closure in 1867. His style was very distinctive and no matter what name he used to sign a particular painting, all his works were delightfully executed with atmosphere, presence and great detail.
Excellent. The pictures have been lightly cleaned. Old re-lining.
Please note the frames are the same shade of gold, photographic inadequacies caused the difference in shade shown here.
From a private collector in Cheshire
William Thornley, British, (fl1859-1898) – Shipping in the Medway & A Fresh Breeze – circa 1880. Both signed. Oil on canvas, new English made frame
Dimensions
Height 14.00 inch (35.56 cm)
Width 12.00 inch (30.48 cm)
Stock Code
1773
Medium
Oil on Canvas
Signed/Inscribed
Both signed
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