William Lionel Wyllie
1851 - 1931
William Lionel Wyllie was born in London in 1851. He was the son of a recognized genre painter, William Morrison Wyllie. In 1865 at the age of 14, he started his formal training in art at Heatherly and in 1866, he entered the Royal Academy in London. In 1869, Wyllie won the Royal Academy's turner Medal, the Academy's most prestigious award. In the 1880s, he was inducted into the Royal Institute of Painters in watercolors and the Institute of Painters in oil colors of the Society of British Artists. He had major exhibitions at these same institutions.
At the turn of the century, Wyllie moved from London to Portsmouth and authored numerous books, including: J.M. Turner (1905), Marine Painting and Watercolor (1905), Norway (1907), and his personal sketchbook (1908). He later returned to London where he died in 1931.
Throughout his career, Wyllie expressed his love of the sea and celebrated the great ships of the British fleet. He became one of the most well-known and important British Marine painters and engravers. His works are now exhibited in every major museum in Great Britain, with special collections in Liverpool, Portsmouth and at the Tate Gallery in London.