WILLIAM ADOLPHUS KNELL Circa 1808 – 1875 Oil on canvas 17 ¾ x 28 inches Framed size Signed & dated 1843
William Adolplus was from a family of painters; the Knells and the best known with the finest quality of work in this family. Believed to have been born in London, he went on to become a marine painter, who mainly painted views on the English Coast but also of the Dutch, Belgian and French coasts. He was strongly influenced by the Romantic Movement. His style can vary and certain coarseness pervades his later works. This work is however from his best period.Apart from his inshore scenes he also depicted several naval actions including Camperdown and the action in which Von Tromp was killed in 1633.He exhibited his work at the Royal Academy between 1815 and 1866 and at the British Institution between 1827 and 1867 and Suffolk Street Gallery until 1874.William is known to have painted two paintings for Queen Victoria. The 1861 Census record the family as living in St Pancras, London. William Adolphus, then aged 58 was married to Susan; his son William Callcott, aged 32 was married to Maria and another son, Adolphus was aged 12. Both William Callcott and Adolphus went on to become successful marine painters too.
William died in London on July 10th, 1875.
Works Represented: Bridgewater Gallery; Ferens Gallery, Hull; National Gallery of Scotland; Art Galleries of Derby and York; Laing Art Gallery; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Royal Collection.
Bibl: Dictionary of Sea Painters - E.H.H Archibald; British 19th Century Marine Painting by Denys Brook-Hart; Benezit. The “Dale Park” weighed 402 tons and the Captain was John J. Coombes.This ship is known to have left Bristol and sailed to Cork in Ireland and then on to Australia arriving there in 1844.