Merval Hill Hambledon

John James Wilson
(1818 – 1875) British
Title Merval Hill Hambledon
Category Recently Sold
Medium & Size Oil on canvas: 12 x 20 in.Frame:18 x 26 in. Signed & label verso
Price Band £2,000 - £5,000
Location Petworth

John James Wilson was born in London in 1818.                                           

He was the son of the artist John H. Wilson, known as ‘Jock’ Wilson.

John studied under his father and became a painter of landscapes and coastal scenes.

He began painting landscapes, however between 1850 and 1861 he exhibited mainly coastal and inshore scenes.

Wilson first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1835 and continued to exhibit

55 painting’s there.  He also exhibited 384 works at the Royal Society of British Artists and at the British Institution. 

Wilson did not exhibit his work after 1873.

He painted extensively in England, Wales, France and Holland.

Although listed in several reference books as a landscape specialist, Algernon Graves describes him as a painter of sea pieces.

His total number of London exhibits between 1831 and 1875 was 500 and so may be considered a prolific painter.

His work is bright with attractive colours and a very fine eye for detail.

Wilson lived in London, Redhill and Folkestone, where he died on 30 January 1875.


Works in Public Collections: Folkestone Art Gallery; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Wolverhampton Art Gallery


  1. 19th Century Marine Paintings - Denys Brook-Hart

            Dictionary of Victorian Painters - Christopher Wood


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