Daniel Alexander Williamson

Liverpool-born English landscape painter (1823 - 1903) influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite style

Daniel Alexander Williamson (1823 - 1903) was born in Liverpool and came from a family of artists. He moved to London in 1847, where he lived until 1860. While there, he made paintings and drawings of cattle and sheep which are thought to have been set on Peckham Common. He sent pictures up to Liverpool for exhibition. Williamson had started out as a portrait painter but turned to landscape in the mid-1850s. His work of that period shows little awareness of the Pre-Raphaelite style that would influence his later work.

In 1860 Williamson moved to Warton-in-Carnforth in North Lancashire where he painted a series of vibrant small landscapes, deeply indebted to Pre-Raphaelitism and remarkable for their luminous, jewel-like colour. He was friends with the Liverpool Pre-Raphaelite painter William Lindsay Windus (1822 - 1907) and the two made painting expeditions together. Windus’s influence can be seen in the colouring and minute detail of Williamson’s later work. Williamson’s style changed a number of times. He turned to watercolour in 1865 as the result of an illness that prevented him from working outdoors. In the 1870s his landscapes gained a much more misty and impressionistic appearance.

Williamson exhibited 28 pictures at the Liverpool Academy between 1850 and 1867, and two works at the Liverpool Institution of Fine Arts in 1863. John Miller (about 1796 - 1876) and James Smith (1831 - 1923) of Blundellsands collected his work. The latter was a major patron.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    1823-09-24
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Died
    1903-02-12
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Cumbria: Broughton-in-Furness
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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