Boats moored at low tide near Whitby

William Thornley
(Flourished 1860-1900) British
Title Boats moored at low tide near Whitby
Category Recently Sold
Medium & Size Oil on canvas, laid on board: 14x12 in.Frame:20x18 in.(50x45cm)Signed
Price Band £2,000 - £5,000
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Biography

William Thornley is a well-known and widely admired Victorian marine painter. He painted under various pseudonyms including Thornberry, Thornbury and Lily Thornberry. He was known to use this practice frequently although the reasons are unclear.

Although there is little detail of the Thornley family it is most likely that they worked as a family firm.

Thornley’s paintings are beautifully detailed and show a masterful understanding of the weather and sea. His pictures are normally small in size with very fine detail.

It is thought that he first exhibited his marine paintings at the Royal Academy in 1859 from an address in Paddington, London and also at the British Institution from 1861 until it closed in 1867. He continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy until 1898.

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