The Patriarch, Aged Williams.
When I arrived throughout the words and phrases “Barnes School” in connection with artwork, I immediately imagined it was referring to an creative colony or a kind of painting but I was wrong, albeit the identify derived from the then rural city of Barnes, a district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, the place a proficient creative family members experienced their painting studio. The title referred to a nineteenth century relatives of gifted Victorian landscape painters who pictorially depicted the British countryside. The head of this loved ones of artists was Edward Williams. In this and the upcoming three weblogs I will be hunting at the lifestyle and do the job of the gifted patriarch and his six sons
Edward Williams was born some time in 1781 as baptismal information exhibit him as being baptised on Oct 13th 1781 at St. Mary’s Church in the London borough of Lambeth. Edward was the son of Edward Williams, an engraver and Mary Ward. Mary arrived from a massive inventive family members. She was a sister of James Ward the effectively-identified animal painter, and a sister of the similarly nicely-identified engraver, William Ward. Mary was also a sister-in-legislation of the gifted figure painter George Morland, and a sister-in-regulation of Henry Chalon, a further animal painter. The household heritage recounts that about 1793 Edward Williams’ mom left his father for one more person, and their son Edward was despatched to live with his maternal uncle, James Ward the painter. Ward was a single of the outstanding artists of the day and was regarded as 1 of the excellent animal painters of his time. It is not recorded as to whether or not Ward ever gave his young nephew any creative schooling but there is no question that Edward ought to have been affected by his temporary affiliation with Ward.
Just after being with Ward for a limited period Edward Williams took up an apprenticeship with a carver and gilder named Thomas Hillier, who was not in any of the trade guilds but however experienced a store on Silver Road, Golden Square, London. It was probable that Edward started his career carving and gilding picture frames, but it is also acknowledged that to assistance himself fiscally he painted and sold miniatures.
Edward married Ann Hildebrant, who was the daughter of Frederick and Sarah Hildebrant, on February 12th, 1806 at St. Pancras Church in London. Ann was twenty-five and Edward was a calendar year younger. Though Edward Williams’ career was as a carver and gilder he was among relations who ended up all perfectly-regarded painters and engravers, and therefore, as time passed, Edward re-invented himself as a painter.
His preliminary delving into the environment of artwork was when he started out to copy well recognized landscape paintings of the Dutch Baroque period of the 1600’s, these kinds of as individuals by Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruisdael and Meindert Hobbema.
Following this stage in his creative vocation, he concentrated on copying functions by contemporary landscape painters, these types of as his uncle, George Morland. Edward took the conclusion to develop into a landscape painter which was a risky selection as landscape art was, at the time, regarded as to be an inferior style.
Edward Williams grew to become acknowledged for his moonlight scenes. Edward Williams normally shared art exhibition venues with his sons, resulting in some confusion with the general public who experienced difficulties telling a person Williams portray from a different. He is generally called “Old Williams” to distinguish him from his oldest son, and he is referred to in some of the art journals of the time as “Moonight Williams”, as moonlit scenes of the Thames had been one of his favorite topics in his paintings
As he bought more mature, for river scenes alongside the Thames.
Edward and his spouse Ann Hildebrandt experienced married in February 1806 and went on to have eight small children. The 1st-born was Edward Charles Williams who was born on July 10th 1807 and because he experienced been provided the exact title as his father, Edward Williams, his father grew to become recognized in his later on a long time as “Old Williams” to distinguish himself from his eldest son . Two far more sons followed, Henry John Boddington Williams in Oct 1811, George Augustus Williams in May 1814. Then followed the Williams’ only daughter, Emily Anne Williams who was born in June 1816. Arthur Gilbert Frederick Williams arrived in December 1819 adopted by Sidney Richard Percy Williams in March 1822. Identical twin boys Alfred Walter Williams and Charles Williams were being the closing additions to the Williams spouse and children in July 1824. Sadly, Charles Williams died soon following beginning.
Edward and his spouse Ann lived in different residences, in what is now termed the West Finish of London, in Percy Street, Foley Road, and Charlotte Road. In 1827 the spouse and children moved to Cromer Street in the St Pancras region where by they stayed for practically 20 yrs. By 1846 with the steady sale of the father and sons’ paintings, the family’s finances had improved. Incorporate to that fact the family members had developed, they essential a greater residence and so moved to 32 Castelnau Villas, Barnes. Edward Williams put in his closing several years there with his spouse Ann. She died, aged 71, and was buried on September 24th, 1851 at the Barnes Parish Church. Old Williams was conquer with the grief from the loss of life of his spouse and he died just 4 a long time later on at the age of 74 on June 24th, 1855 at his Castelnau Villa household. He alongside with his spouse now relaxation in the Aged Barnes Cemetery. Unfortunately, the cemetery has been turned into a mother nature sanctuary by the town council and the graveyard has fallen into disrepair and is overgrown with bushes and vines.
……………..to be continued.
Most of the information and facts I have identified for these weblogs about the Barnes School came from the excellent web site of Mike Clark, entitled Genealogy of the Percy, Williams and Ward people. If you would like to read through an in-depth account of the Williams spouse and children, this is a will have to-read through.