William Duffield

(1816 - 3 September 1863)

Second son of Charles Duffield, at one time proprietor of the Royal Union Library. Early showed a decided talent for art, studying under George Doo and George Lance, and in the Royal Academy in London. Later he was a pupil of Wappers in Antwerp. His specialty was dead game of all descriptions, and his works are highly prized.

In 1850, he married to Mary Elizabeth Rosenberg (1819–1914), eldest daughter of Mr. T. E. Rosenberg of Bath, and a painter of fruit and flowers; she was a member of the Institute of Painters in Water-Colours, exhibiting, in 1872, "Province Roses" and "Primroses"; in 1873, "Study of a White Rose"; in 1876, "A Group of Flowers"; etc. She sent a flower-piece to the Paris Exposition of 1878.

[Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works; Biographical Sketches. By Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, 1879.]
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DUFFIELD, William, a painter of flowers, fruit, and still-life, was born at Bath in 1816. He studied under George Lance, and afterwards in the schools of the Royal Academy, and under Wappers at Antwerp. His eariy works were portraits, but in 1849 he sent to the Royal Academy a fruit-piece, his first exhibited work, and continued to exhibit there and at the Society of British Artists a number of pictures of a very high degree of excellence. He settled in London in 1857, and died there in 1863. He married, in 1850, Mart Elizabeth Rosenberg, of Bath, who is well known as a water-colour painter of flowers, birds' nests, and fish.

[Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 16, Duffield, William, by Louis Alexander Fagan.]
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