William Bromley

(1835 - 1888)

Grandson of William Bromley, Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy. As a resident of London, began his professional career as an engraver, and has been for some years an active member of the Society of British Artists, contributing to its exhibitions landscapes and pictures of a genre character. Among his later works may be mentioned, "Down the Glen," "The Gleaners," "Will He Pass this Way?" "In the Spring a Young Man's Fancy, etc.," "Teaching Brother," and "Come Along!" Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works. By Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, 1879

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William Bromley was born in London around 1835 and he was the grandson of the renowned engraver William Bromley I (1769-1842). After starting his career as an engraver he turned to painting genre subjects, especially compositions of children playing games or with their pets. Bromley's style, along with that of his contemporaries such as Thomas Webster, RA (1800-1886), was influenced by the work of the Scottish painter Sir David Wilkie, RA (1785-1841) and the Irish artist William Mulready, RA (1786-1863). Wilkie and Mulready had modelled their technique on that of Teniers and the 17th century Flemish School, in depicting scenes of every day life which in themselves told a story. Bromley exhibited in London at the Royal Academy from 1844-1870, the British Institute, 1835-1870, and Suffolk Street Galleries, showimg 187 paintings. He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and the New Watercolour Society. Father of artist, Valentine Walter Bromley.

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William Bromley III (grandson of engraver William Bromley I) was an English/Canadian Artist of Fine Oil Paintings and engravings of domestic character and genre. Known for fine oil paintings of accurately painted scenes relating Mid 19th Century character of dress and activities.

Active during 1835-88 exhibited extensively at Suffolk Street, the British Institution, and the Royal Academy 1844-1870. He painted scenes of domestic character and fashion and rustic scenes in the style of the Cranbrook Colony of painters, using soft brown tones and muted colourings to create, capturing the essence of the atmosphere. He is best know for his historical and literary paintings. He also painted wonderful vignittes of English life in the mid-19th century. He began painting just as photography was becoming established. Bromley (III) is one of the best mid 19th Century's observers and documentarians of societal attitudes and forces in action, dress, and circumstances,


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