William Barraud was the elder brother of Henry Barraud; William was baptized on April 4th 1810 at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth, where he spent much of his childhood before moving to Camberwell. He is reputed to have followed his father into employment at the Customs House, but there are no records to confirm this & he is known to have been painting seriously from an early age.
He became a pupil of Abraham Cooper, as did his brothers, Edward (1817-1901). In 1842 he married Mary Ratcliffe, but she died soon after the birth of their son Clement in 1843. At about the same time, his father died & he became the head of the large Barraud family, marrying Margaret Harrison the year before his death.
William Barraud exhibited his first picture at the RA in 1828 at the age of 18, becoming a regular exhibitor from 1829-1850. He also exhibited at BI & SS. He collaborated on many works with Henry, and was perhaps the better horse painter of the two, although both were very good. Of the pictures he painted alone, most were of animals. His animal painting is of a very high quality and of great charm.
With T Fairland, he compiled a book entitled ‘The book of animals drawn from nature‘ published after his death, in 1864,
by C Tilt. In about 1850 another book, ‘Sketches of figures & animals’, was published by H Graves, on which he combined with his brother Henry.
Siltzer recorded eight works engraved after Henry & William, & four works after William.
He died on October 1st 1850 at Kensington, from dysentery and typhoid fever. In his obituary in the Art Journal, November 1850, he was described as “ …upright and sincere, and while unsparingly rigid to himself, he was indulgent and considerate towards others”.