Friday, 23 December 2016
Tour Scotland Photograph Loch Coruisk Isle of Skye Painting By Sidney Richard Percy
Tour Scotland photograph of Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, painting by Sidney Richard Percy who often painted in Scotland. Sidney was born on 22 March 1822 in London. England. He was the fifth son of the painter Edward Williams, born 1781, died 1855, and Ann Hildebrandt, born 1780, died 1851, and a member of the Williams family of painters, who were related to such famous artists as James Ward, R.A. and George Morland. His father was a well known landscape artist, who taught him how to paint; otherwise he received no formal instruction. His early years were spent in or near the artist's quarter of Tottenham Court, before moving about 1846 with his family to Barnes on the outskirts of London. He traveled in 1865 to Venice with his friend and neighbour the water colour artist William Callow, born 1812, died 1908, and returned visiting Switzerland and Paris, France. Although war between Prussia and Austria in 1866 put an end to these travels, he returned home to ample artistic inspiration in the Welsh countryside, where he spent many days painting in and around the villages of Llanbedr and Arthog, on either side of the Mawddach estuary in Merioneth. He also made many painting trips to the Scottish Highlands. Sidney married Emily Charlotte Fairlam, born 1835, died 1904, the daughter of Richard Fairlam, on 30 June 1857 in the Barnes Parish Church. He and Emily had four children. Gordon Fairlam Percy Williams, Edith Maude Percy Williams, Amy Dora Percy Williams and Herbert Sidney Percy Williams. Sidney spent his final years at Mulgrave Road in Sutton, Surrey, where his knee was injured when he was thrown from a horse in a riding accident. When his leg had to be amputated as a consequence, he died prematurely on 13 April 1886 at his home of a heart attack due complications from the operation. He was buried at Beckenham Cemetery in Kent.
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