|William Lionel Wyllie RA, RI, RE (1851-1931)|
Angel Tavern, Rotherhithe, London.
5 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches.
Etching on laid paper with a watermark.
A fine, well inked, impression.
Signed in pencil.
14.6 x 34.8 cm. 5 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches.
The Angel Tavern now stands alone on the south bank of the Thames. The present building, as depicted by Wyllie, dates from the early 19th century but there has been an inn on the site since the 15th century. For centuries this waterfront was one of the worst slums in London, a haunt for thieves, press gangs and smugglers. In the 20th century the Blitz and economic changes left the area a wasteland until the regeneration of the Docklands from the 1970's meant that the area has now become desirable and the pub is once again thriving.
William Lionel Wyllie RA, RI, RE (1851-1931):
Painter in oil and watercolour and etcher of marine and coastal subjects, Wyllie was arguably the most important marine painter of his age. He studied in London at Heatherley's and the Royal Academy Schools where he won the Turner Gold Medal in 1869. His paintings, especially scnes of the Thames and the British fleet, became very well known through reproductions and engravings. During the last twenty-five years of his life he concentrated mainly on Naval and historical painting, often on a large scale, and on mastering the technique of etching. His charming and sensitive watercolours are usually of the coast of Northern France and occasionally of the Channel Islands. He exhibited frequently in London at the Royal Academy, Society of British Artists, New Watercolour Society, Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere.
Collections: Tate Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth etc.