The Welsh-born artist, Alyn Williams, was one of the most successful
miniature painters of his generation. He studied art at the Slade
School in London, and also under Courtois in Paris. Although he set
up his practice initially in London, in later life he split his time
between New York and London.
Lady in a black hat Signed and dated 1898
He became the first President of the
Royal Miniature Society, a post he held for 50 years, exhibiting there
regularly. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1890-1904,
the Paris Salon and in America. One of his most famous pupils was
Mahala Theodora 'Dora' Webb.
Unknown lady Signed and dated 1900
His miniatures of little girls are invariably insipid.
Unknown little girl Signed and dated 1900
Williams' first wife, Kathleen, was
from Derbyshire and the couple lived in Kensington. Later in life, he
had an American companion, Mrs. Anna Dorsey Williams, although it is
not known whether or not they actually married. It seems from
official documents that the artist intended to live permanently in New
York, but in the event, he returned to Britain.
His portrayal of
women utilizes harsh brushstrokes and bright colours.
Violet Hammersley Signed and dated 1906
He painted many
wealthy and influential people, including members of the Royal Family.
He always signed his work in full on the front, invariably with the
date, occasionally adding his address to the backing card.
King Edward VII Signed and dated 1908
Alyn Williams was a prolific artist with a long career.