Alfred Walter Williams

Barmouth Sands, North Wales

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Alfred Walter Williams

Barmouth Sands, North Wales

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This late 19th-century oil painting by British artist Alfred Walter Williams (1824-1905) depicts an expansive view across Barmouth Sands in North Wales.

The relaxed golden sands stretch lazily towards distant peaks where the mountains meet the sea and the sky hangs still. Cattle doze.

Alfred Walter Williams travelled here from his home in Surrey, probably by train, to explore the endless inspiration afforded by North Wales. His older brother Sidney Richard Percy (1821-1886) had passed away a year prior and it’s interesting to consider whether he thought of him when exploring the area. Percy had visited Barmouth on several occasions.

The view is particularly tranquil with the cows providing the only signs of life. However, at this point in time, Barmouth was a popular seaside destination so Williams has carefully selected this picturesque view.

The composition is a particular success. Note how it leads us from the sandy track in the foreground, past the restful cattle, and slowly down towards the beach.

Signed/dated lower right and held within a later frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 41½” x 29½” / 106cm x 75cm
Year of creation: 1887
Labels & Inscriptions: Gallery label on reverse. Geo Rowney & Co supplier’s stamp.
Provenance: Private collection, England.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £23,763

Alfred Walter Williams

Alfred Walter Williams

Alfred Walter Williams was an accomplished British landscape painter and a member of the esteemed Williams family. He trained under his father, Edward Williams, and exhibited for almost 50 years at the Royal Academy. His works are held in numerous public collections including at the V&A.

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