OLIVER, William

1804 - 1853

William Oliver

William Oliver, was born on 3 October and baptised at the Old Church, St Pancras, London on 30 December 1804, son of Francis Oliver and his wife Ann. A landscape painter in oils but chiefly in watercolours, painting views in England, France, Italy & Switzerland, being especially fond of the Pyrenees. Oliver began to exhibit in 1829, when he sent to the Society of British Artists ‘A Beach Scene in Kent' and a ‘Fish Boat'. In 1831 elected a member of the New Society, now the Royal Institute, of Painters in Water-Colours and his drawings appeared annually at its exhibitions until 1854. In 1842 he published a folio of 'Scenery of the Pyrenees' lithographed by George Barnard, Thomas Shotter Boys, Carl Hughe, and others. He also sent oil-paintings to the Royal Academy 1835-1853, and to the British Institution from 1836 and at the Suffolk Fine Art Association [q.v.] held at Ipswich in 1850, he exhibited three works 'Ruined Castle of Nagros, overhanging Lac di Garda, Venetian Tyrol', 'Bridge at Gabas, Pyrenees, Pass into Spain' and 'Sunset, Italy'. When of Howland Street, Fitzroy Square, London, he married at the Old Church, St Pancras, London on 21 September 1840, Emma Sophia Eburne [Oliver q.v.]. William died at Langley Mill House, Halstead, Essex, on 2 November 1853, aged 49. His works are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum, Sheffield and Sunderland Art Galleries and the South Kensington Museum.

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