A Mere, with Ducks
Daniel Alexander Williamson (1823 – 1903) was born in Liverpool and came from a family of artists. He began painting in oil and was a follower of the Pre-Raphaelite movement although he was never associated with them. In his early work he paid meticulous observation to detail and created literal representations of the natural world. By 1865 he had moved to watercolour, which lent itself to the effects of suffused light, and creating an ethereal atmosphere.