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William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931), came from a family of artists with both his father and brother professional artists. He studied at the Royal Academy School between 1866-69, winning the Turner Medal in 1869. He trained under the great Victorian artists including Landseer, Millais, Leighton and numerous others. He lived in Portsmouth from 1907 and was the official Marine Artist to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, on the Isle of Wright, Ryde just across the Solent from Portsmouth which was the club of the British Royal Family and the first home of the America's Cup.

His work is in the British National Maritime Museum. Acknowledged as one of the leading marine artists by the turn of the century, he was a member of the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Painters-Etchers and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours.

He produced a great range of marine art including dry-point etchings, watercolours, oils, gouaches, aquatints and pastels.

This dry-point etching would date from his time in Portsmouth which would make it about 1910 or later. Between the shipping is a biplane, surely one of the earliest illustrations.

Signed W L Wyllie bottom left.

170 x 355mm. Plateline.

On verso bears the label of the Parker Gallery London.

Very good condition.

"The Atlantic Fleet Steaming to Portsmouth Harbour". William Lionel Wyllie.

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