William Pitt was born on 9 December 1818 in Birmingham to William Pitt, a Japanner and Elizabeth Pitt. The family lived in Canon Street, Birmingham and later New Street.
He married Janetta Taylor on 9 April 1850 in Birmingham and by this time was earning his living as an artist. They lived with his father at Northampton Street in the Jewellery Quarter. At some point after 1861 he moved to London and lived at 8 Bedford Place, Campden Hill. He began exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1863. He also exhibited at the British Institution, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and at the Manchester City Art Gallery.
By 1881, he had moved to 6 Cantlowes Road in Kentish Town but returned to Birmingham towards the end of the decade, where his wife later died in 1887. He lived at Wellington Road Edgbaston and died on 7 October 1900, aged 81. He was buried at Warstone Lane Cemetery, Birmingham.
Pitt specialised in landscapes and riverscape scenes and often painted views of Warwickshire and Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, such as this fine example. He also travelled around the country to Devon, Cornwall, Surrey and Sussex as well as abroad to Northern France. In 1875, Pitt was living in London but visited the North Gloucestershire area to paint this view near Buckland. He also went to Todenham, Illmington, Shipston-on-Stour, Winderton and Long Compton in nearby Warwickshire.
Examples of his work can be found at a number of galleries and museums including the Bristol Museum, Dundee Art Gallery, Haverfordwest Town Museum, National Library of Wales, Royal Cornwall Museum, Russell-Cotes Museum, Scolton Manor Museum and the Shipley Art Gallery.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a new English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||15.75 inches x 23.75 inches (40cm x 60.5cm)|
|Framed Size||21.75 inches x 29.75 inches (55cm x 75.5cm)|