William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)

Soldier’s kit, 1940


SKU: 9499
Oil on board

Height – 34cm
Width – 44cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Studio
W S Taylor, John Basford, Derwent-Wye, 2012, page 16

This still life dates to the period when the Royal College of Art evacuated from South Kensington in the Autumn of 1940, taking over two hotels in Ambleside, the Queens and the Salutation, for studios and accommodation.During this period Taylor set up his studio at  Gale Cottage, in Old Lake Road in Ambleside: ‘I stayed there for my post-graduate year, . Candles and oil lamps were the source of artificial light; a small stove with a pipe through the roof was for heating; a tin wash basin for washing and a stove for cooking completed the facilities .. Having been rejected on medical grounds by the armed forces, these years were for me, in spite of the slaughter going on in the real world, the halcyon days: my time was my own, with few responsibilities and only my painting to concern me’. Letter to Paul Liss, 7 November 2001.

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William S Taylor
William S
1920 - 2010

Painter, teacher, writer, exhibition organiser and film-maker, born in Sheffield. He studied at Sheffield College of Art, 1936-39, and at the Royal College of Art, 1939-43. He taught at Sheffield College of Art where in 1963 he established the History of Art Department. He was Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at Sheffield Polytechnic, 1972-75. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in art history from Nottingham University. He has organised major shows of Aubrey Beardsley and Edward Burne-Jones at Mappin Art Gallery and made the film Portrait of Beardsley. He has exhibited at the RA, NEAC, at Leicester and Redfern Galleries and in New Zealand and Canada. Taylor’s pictures combine figure and landscape with strong Neo-Romantic overtones, and are saturated with lyricism and a sense of longing. His wife Audrey (Wallis) a talented sculptor and painter who won a scholarship to the RCA 1940-43 was both his model and muse.

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William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
Soldier’s kit, 1940
William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
Audrey combing her hair, 1943
William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
Ambleside, 1941
William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)
The Studio, Ambleside, 1943