William Shayer Senior (British, 1787–1879)

  • £3,950.00

William Shayer Senior (British, 1787–1879)

Fisherfolk on the Coast

Oil on Canvas

  • Signed lower right.
  • Provenance; with Fine Art of Oakham.  With gallery label verso.
  • Painting - 76cm x 101.5cm
  • Frame - 89cm x 113cm 


A superb example of the work of William Shayer Senior depicting a coastal scene with fisherfolk.  The painting has a good provenance having previously been with Fine Art of Oakham and with its original gallery label verso.  Signed on a rock lower right.


In very fine 'gallery' condition.  Professionally lined and conserved in the late 20th century.  Clean, most attractive, well framed and ready to hang.

Artist Information

William Shayer was an English landscape painter and figure painter who became prominent during the Victorian era. William Shayer was a self-taught artist, who began by painting decorations on rush-bottom chairs. He moved on to painting carriages in the town of Guildford, after which he started doing heraldic painting. Ultimately, he began painting oil on canvas and became skilled at portraying woodland scenes with gypsies, people and animals in front of country inns and farm houses, and beach scenes crowded with boats and fishermen. He lived mainly in the south of England, in Shirley, Southampton, but painted throughout Hampshire and in a wooded district in the southwest part of Hampshire called the New Forest. Michael Hoy, a wealthy Southampton merchant, was one of his most enthusiastic patrons and bought many of Shayer's paintings of the area.