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Lot 53: Daniel Alexander Williamson (1823-1903)

Victorian & Traditionalist Pictures

by Christie's

December 11, 2008

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Daniel Alexander Williamson (1823-1903)
Sheep grazing in a landscape
with inscription '"A Group of Sheep"/by/D A. Williamson"' (on an old label on the reverse)
oil on board
10 1/8 x 14 in. (25.5 x 35.5 cm.)

Notes: No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Williamson is the rarest of all the Pre-Raphaelite landscape painters from the Liverpool School. In 1861 he left London to return to his native Lancashire where he continued to paint in a pure Pre-Raphaelite manner. Albeit he did not know the any of the Pre-Raphaelites personally, he went on regular painting trips with his fellow Liverpool artist, William Lindsay Windus. Windus had first gone to London in 1850 to see the Pre-Raphaelites, and as a result of that visit members of the Brotherhood were invited to exhibit at the Liverpool Academy.

Williamson employed the Pre-Raphaelite technique of applying bright colours in thin glazes to a white ground to give the colours greater luminosity. He is known to have painted out of doors directly from nature, and intended the works to be naturalistic studies.

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