A failed Romance 1888



Size: 94 x 115 cm

  • William Oliver Williams (signing as William Oliver) was born in Worcester.
  • He moved to London and enrolled at the Royal academy in 1848.
  • He became a very successful figurative and genre artist based in London who specialised in paintings of younger women.
  • He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Artists and British institution in London.
  • He also exhibited around the country at the RBSA, Glasgow Institute, Manchester Art Gallery and Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.
  • Examples of his work can be found in the Royal Collection and the V&A museum  London, as well as the Manchester Art Gallery, Russel Cotes Gallery and Sheffield Museum. His work is also popular in North America
  • This painting is in remarkable condition and looks as though it could have been painted a few years ago (‘one in a thousand condition’)
  • The condition probably arises from the fact that it appears to have spent nearly the whole of its life in a Swedish Museum under glass. It is now in a lovely hand-made gilded frame
  • The director of Art at Nicholsons Fine Art auction house agreed with me that it is the best painting by Oliver that we have ever seen. Its superbly painted.

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