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BIOGRAPHY - Edward Charles Williams (1807 - 1881)

Edward Charles Williams

Edward Charles Williams was born on July 10th, 1807 and was the eldest son of Edward Williams (the British landscape painter).  He received his early training from his father, as can readily be seen from the similarity of their works – both painting in the same woodland style reminiscent of the early Dutch landscape artists.  In the early 1840’s he was living at 2, London Street – close to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt – and exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy in 1840 – A Gypsy Encampment – Moon Rising.  By 1854 he had moved to Hammersmith and in 1857 his first wife, Mary Ann, died.  His only child, Alice, was born a year later to a woman who had been his wife’s nurse – the two did not marry for another 10 years.

Williams lived in and around London for most of his life and many of his paintings feature scenes from the surrounding countryside including Kent, Surrey Sussex and Essex.   He was the least prolific exhibitor of the family, but did exhibit at all the major exhibition halls, including: The Royal Academy, British Institution, Royal Society of British Artists, Institute of Fine Arts and the National Institution.

Williams died on July 25, 1881.

Selected Museums

Holburne of Menstrie Museum, Bath
Lansdowne Collection, Bowood, Wilts.
Public Museum and Art Gallery, Hastins
Anglesey Abbey, Lode, Near Cambridge

Exhibited Works

Gypsies - Moonlight (British institution, 1841)
The Village Green (Royal Academy, 1846)
Skirts of a Common – passing Shower (Royal Academy, 1849)
The Organ Boy (Liverpool Academy, 1850)
Early Morning on the Coast (British Institution, 1851)
At Undercliffe, Isle of Wight (British Institution, 1852)
At Chiddingstone (British Institution, 1853)
A Breeze from the River (Royal Academy, 1854)
Night – Moonrise, Hastings (National Institution, 1856)
Early Morning – Haying in Cumberland (Royal Academy, 1860)
A Windy Day on the Thames (Royal Academy, 1861)
Bonchurch – Isle of Wight (Royal Academy, 1864)
Llyn Ddinas (Society of British Artists, 1865)

Sold Works
The Old Roadside Inn - Williams, Edward Charles
Edward Charles Williams
(1807 - 1881)
The Old Roadside Inn
Oil on canvas
29 1/2 x 50 inches
An Old Roadside Inn Near Kent - Williams, Edward Charles
Edward Charles Williams
(1807 - 1881)
An Old Roadside Inn Near Kent
Oil on canvas
29 1/8 x 49 3/16
Signed and dated 1850
A Summer Evening at Sonning - Williams, Edward Charles
Edward Charles Williams
(1807 - 1881)
A Summer Evening at Sonning
Oil on canvas
40 x 61 inches
Signed and dated 1859
A Shady Lane - Williams, Edward Charles
Edward Charles Williams
(1807 - 1881)
A Shady Lane
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Signed and Dated 1856
Out Fishing - Williams, Edward Charles
Edward Charles Williams
(1807 - 1881)
Out Fishing
Oil on canvas
36 x 57 inches
Signed and Dated 1855