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Title: The life and work of Hugh William Williams [1773-1829], set within a Scottish context
Author: Rock, J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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This Thesis considers the life and work of Hugh William Williams [1773-1829]. The work is divided into two main sections; the Thesis itself and a fully illustrated, chronological Catalogue of all the works by the artist in public collections. This includes a Catalogue of all known prints by and after the artist. In this Thesis, the artist's life and career have been examined in detail. The Introduction is followed by a Short Biography of the Artist with a Chronology of known events. The Introduction is followed by the Review of the Literature. Chapter 1 is devoted to the artist's biography. This is divided into sub-sections as follows: 1:1 The Early Years, 1773-1804; 1:2 Education and Training, 1782-1800; 1:3 Acting and Scene Painting, 1790-1800; 1:4 Teaching and Pupils, 1793-1820; 1.5 Exhibitions, 1807-1829; 1:6 The Grand Tour, 1816-1818; 1:7 The National Monument 1819-1829; and 1:8 the Final Years and Aftermath, 1829-1866. Chapter 2 considers Hugh Williams at work. After a preliminary discussion of the difficulties in discussing the work, this is considered under the headings 2:3 Watercolours; 2:4 Drawings and 2:5 Oils. The section on watercolours looks at methods and criticism of the artist's colouring before going on to examine the work under the headings Early Watercolours, 1792-1800; Transitional, 1800-1816; the Grand Tour, 1816-1818; and Exhibition Watercolours, 1818-1829. Reference is made to the Catalogue and to a large group of examples seen in collections in Britain and abroad. Chapter 3 looks at Williams as a printmaker and publisher of prints, considering all the publishing projects with which he was involved. Chapter 4 deals with Hugh Williams' place in the watercolour tradition in Scotland. His precursors, Paul Sandby, Margaret Adam and Jacob More are dealt with in detail. Chapter 5 considers the artist's reputation and influence, specifically at the relationship between Williams and J.M.W. Turner, which is examined in detail. Finally, a Select Bibliography lists all known references to Hugh Williams in published sources and related manuscript material.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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