Alfred Walter Williams

Near Widecombe, Dartmoor, Devon

Alfred Walter Williams

Near Widecombe, Dartmoor, Devon

This late 19th-century oil painting by British artist Alfred Walter Williams (1823-1905) depicts a picturesque view at Dartmoor, Devon.

Under a vast rolling sky, the diminutive forms of two figures amplify the grandeur of this extensive panorama. In the foreground, the churned earth of a furrowed track winds towards a distant vanishing point. A partially obscured cottage draws the eye. While above, the ominous brooding clouds droop above the horizon, where a strip of brilliant gold radiates like a stoked fire.

Williams’ masterly handling renders the view with both attention to detail and evocative tonality. There’s a romantic undertone coupled with exquisite details. He takes us there, amid the brisk wind and long undulant shadows. Immersed in the omnipresent glow of the golden hour.

Signed/dated lower left and held within a splendid gilt frame with inscription.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 32” x 24½” / 81cm x 63cm
Year of creation: 1897
Provenance: Private collection, Sweden.
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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Conservation & History

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