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Will Bishop (b.1942) - Contemporary Oil, Idyllic Hamlet



A quaint rural oil scene showing a wide path running through a hamlet. A pond full of ducks and a woman carrying a basket can be seen in the foreground as other figures in the distance can be seen doing daily tasks.

Whilst Bishop's more collectible and sought after works have maritime, nautical themes (his paintings of ships at sea have been known to fetch £10,000 at auction), this is a very fine example of his earlier work, still showing great skill and promise as an artist.

The artist has signed to the lower right corner and the painting has been presented in a contemporary gilt effect frame with a swept rail and pierced, swept corners.

On canvas.


The painting has craquelure across its surface and some discolouration. There are several tears to the canvas which have been fully restored at the back and front. The frame is in fine condition.


49.5 x 75cm (19.5" x 29.5")
Framed Size: 60.5 x 86cm (23.8" x 33.9")

Artist Biography

William H. Bishop was born and brought up in the Portsmouth/Solent area of the South Coast of England. He has maintained a lifetime interest in the sea, as a sailor of dinghies, competitive racing sloops and extensive cruising.
As a boy, he was continually fascinated by the parade of naval and merchant shipping passing to and from the Portsmouth and Southampton area. From this exposure he began sketching ships and making small accurate models.
Bishop was later encouraged to submit his work to the prestigious Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition in London. His work was accepted and sold at the preview. He repeated this success for four years running
At this time, following the advice of several London galleries, he had been working up his ability in oils and shortly afterwards received a major commission from the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth for a large oil to feature in their new exhibition of the Battle of Jutland in the 1st World War. Another major exhibition by invitation was the Festival Exhibition of Marine Paintings in Southampton, celebrating Maritime England Year; all three of his paintings sold, one even before the preview had opened. At his last showing at an R.S.M.A. annual exhibition one of his paintings was one of the half dozen chosen to illustrate a write-up on the exhibition in the National Maritime History of America's magazine 'Sea History'.

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Code qe606
Artist Will Bishop (b.1942)
Date Contemporary
Dimensions 49.5 x 75cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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