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William Lomas (active 1863-d.1911)

Punting Signed and dated 1889?

Oil on canvas | 107.3 x 60.5 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405823

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  • Little is known of the genre artist, William Lomas, who apparently trained with Cecil van Haanen in Antwerp. He can later be associated with Luke Fildes and his brother-in-law, Henry Woods, who recalled that he thought of Lomas 'as a man who never did a dishonourable action in his life.' Woods and van Haanen formed part of a foreign colony of artists living in Venice, and it is possible that Lomas also sojourned here.

    Impressionistic in style, the painting shares the same thick impasto paint and broken brushwork as the work of van Haanen and William Logsdail (RCIN 406572), who also trained in Antwerp and spent time in Venice.

    The artist's address, 46 Victoria, Road, Kensington, appears on a label on the reverse of the painting. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1882-89.

    Provenance

    First recorded in Buckingham Palace in 1907, in Marlborough House in 1925; presumably acquired by King Edward VII

  • Medium and techniques

    Oil on canvas

    Measurements

    107.3 x 60.5 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external)

    118.0 x 71.8 x 6.0 cm (frame, external)