"John James Wilson Rba (1818-1875) Seascape 1870"John James WILSON RBA (1818-1875) Seascape 1870
An attractive, vigorous and bright seascape by John James Wilson. Signed, dated 1870 and presented in its original frame.
*John James was the son ofJohn Wilsonwho was a Scottish landscape and marine painter. The son exhibited similar works to his father's and from the same London address until 1847. Most were landscapes until 1849 and marines thereafter. He moved to Folkestone with his father in 1853 John James Wilson was a prolific artist, exhibiting in excess of six hundred paintings during his working life.
He was born inLambeth, London around 1818,where he was also baptised in 1833.John James married Elizabeth Parker in 1845 and started his family with the birth (in Bayswater, London) of Elizabeth Parker Wilson in the same year. In the 1851 census, she is listed (age 5) along with Charles (age 1) and the wife's sister Josephine Parker (age 22). The address is recorded as 13 Park Place, Milton, nearGravesend, Kent.At this time John James' wife is recorded as visiting, with 3-year-old daughter Mary, the home (inReigate, Surrey) ofCharles Davidson, his wife Ann and family,
By the 1861 census, the family was living at 3 West TerraceFolkestone, Kent, and circumstances had significantly moved on. John James' children are listed as Mary B (age 13, born Redhill, Surrey), Charles J (age 11, bornRedhill, Surrey), Robert B (age 9, bornLeicester, Leicestershire), John M (age 7, born Gravesend, Kent), William (age 6, born Folkestone), Frank (age 5, born Folkestone), Amy (age 3, born Folkestone), Vernon (age 5 months, born Folkestone).There is no mention of the 15-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Josephine Parker is recorded as 'Sister in law' and 'Fundholder'.
By the 1871 census, Sidney, Ada and Minnie (aged 7,6 and 4 respectively) had also been born. John and Vernon were no longer listed.The latter having died later in 1861.Josephine Parker (age 42), the unmarried sister-in-law, is still mentioned as living with the family. The address at the time is given as Belle Vue House, Folkestone
John James Wilson exhibited at theRoyal Academy of Arts(55 paintings) theBritish Institution(57 paintings),Royal Society of British Artists(384 paintings),theRoyal Scottish Academy(106 paintings)Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts(3 paintings),and theRoyal Hibernian Academy(14 paintings).
Craquelure to the paint surface., stretcher lines visible, small repair top edge. Small losses and restoration to frame.
30cm x 49cm (48cm x 68cm framed)
12 x 19 inches (19 x 27 inches framed)