William Hemsley, R.B.A.

(1819 - 1906) [fl. 1848-1893]

Brought up to the profession of his father, who was an architect, he turned his attention to painting at an early age; a genre painter, receiving no instruction in his art. He has been a frequent exhibitor at the galleries of the Royal Academy and British Institution. Among his earlier works are:
"A Pinch from Granny's Snuff-Box"
"Come Along"
"The Rustic Artist"
"Sketching from Nature"

He sent to the Royal Academy:
"A Dangerous Playmate", 1862
"Shrimpers", 1864
"Reading the News", 1868
"Welsh Children", 1872
"For the Broth", 1873
"The Wanderer's Boy", 1874

To the Society of British Artists, of which he has been a member for some time, he contributed:
"Granny's Charge", 1877
"Feeding-Time", 1878
"The Impenitent"
"Bread and Butter" in water-colors.

Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works. Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, 1879.

Hemsley, who began his career as an architect, was self-taught as a painter. His paintings, taken from every day life, were painted on a small scale, and followed the tradition of painters such as Thomas Webster and F. D. Hardy. During his career he travelled through out Germany and Holland, although being based in London.

In 1859 Hemsley was elected a member of the Society of British Artists (R.B.A.), a society which was to name James McNeill Whistler its President in 1886. He was later to become its vice-President. He exhibited in London not only with the S.B.A. (Society of British Artists), but with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery. He also exhibited with the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery.

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