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Venice - William Wyld - Felix Rose 1993 - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Venice - William Wyld - Felix Rose 1993 - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

William Wyld was an English painter.

He gained a pronounced taste for drawing very young, and upon the death of a young uncle, William inherited his drawing materials.

He was made secretary to the British Consulate in Calais thanks to the statesman George Canning. There he served lord Granville and got to know the watercolourist François Louis Thomas Francia, and studied under him.

His friends was John Lewis Brown, active in commerce and also a major collector of  watercolours, gave him an opportunity to work as a wine merchant exporting champagne from Épernay to England. Wyld worked for 6 years as a champagne merchant, making use of the job's opportunities to network with the local artistocracy and to become well-versed in viticulture.

With his friend the Baron de Vialar he then set out for Algiers. Wyld was about to leave the country when he learned that Vernet was on board a warship anchored in the bay of Algiers en route to Rome to take up his new post as director of the Académie de France. Wyld presented himself on board the ship, was immediately recognised by Vernet and was encouraged by him to become a painter. Vernet proposed that Wyld come with him to Rome in an official fashion and promised to find him some means of support there

Arriving in Rome, Wyld received commissions for orientalist paintings from Vernet's entourage, including from the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

Becoming known to the public, he exhibited a 2m wide canvas "Venice at Sunrise" at the Paris Salon of 1839, winning the 1st Gold Medal in the 3rd class for it.

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