William Elias Harris was born in Birmingham in 1854 to Elias and Jane Harris. His father died when he was young and his mother later remarried. Like many artists of the time who came from working class families, he initially took a job in the metal industry and also worked as an engraver before becoming a full time artist.
Harris married Mary Ann Bayliss at Birmingham in December, 1872 and together they lived at Victoria Road, Aston. His son Edwin Elias Harris also became an artist. He began exhibiting in Birmingham from 1879 at a number of local galleries including the Royal Society of Artists Birmingham. He moved to London around 1885, before settling in Eton Wick, Berkshire at the end of the 1880’s. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1889 and at the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Glasgow Institute, Royal Hibernian Society and the Walker Art Gallery.
Harris spent his time painting the views of Worcestershire, Berkshire, Surrey and Wales and specialised in river landscapes and marine scenes. By 1893, he had moved back to the Worcestershire area living in Broadway for a time before returning to Birmingham to live in Balsall Heath. After the death of his first wife, he married Alice Gertrude Russell in 1927 and they lived at 368 Moseley Road, Birmingham. He died at Birmingham on 1 June, 1934.
Examples of his work are held by Chertsey Museum, Henley Town Council, Museum of Farnham and the National Trust.
*Sutton Park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe and is located in Sutton Coldfield, in the West Midlands. It was granted use as a park for the local inhabitants by Henry VIII in the late 1520’s. During the 19th century it became a popular recreational destination, with two horse racing courses and a golf course. It is now a National Nature Reserve and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
|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||9.5 inches x 15.5 inches (24cm x 39.5cm)|
|Framed Size||15.5 inches x 21.5 inches (39.5cm x 54.5cm)|