William James Laidlay (1846-1912)
Calm Weather in the Solent
Oil on canvas, signed
Contained in a bespoke handmade wooden frame, with painted gesso and gold leaf decoration
Overall size including frame: 59.2 x 74.9 cm
William James Laidlay was born on 12th August 1846 in Calcutta. He graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1872, studied at Middle Temple and was called to the bar in 1875.
He studied art in Paris from 1879-85 with Carolus Duran, and his pictures show French impressionist influence. Laidlay was a founding member of the New English Art Club in 1885, and regularly exhibited his works at the Royal Academy of Arts, and the Paris Salon.
Laidlay died in October 1912 at Glenbrook House on the Isle of Wight.