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William Huggins

William Huggins

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46 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #9520
William Huggins (1820-1884) was a British painter. The subject of his artworks were mainly animals. He owned a large number of pets. Huggins was born in Liverpool, he made his first drawing experiments at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, where he won an art prize at the age of 15 with his painting Adams Vision of the Death of Abel. The painting was subsequently exhibited in the Liverpool Academy of Arts. He then spent time at the Liverpool Zoo, Liverpool Zoological Gardens, and Wombwell's Traveling Menagerie to study animals and then paint them. His works were often compared to those of George Stubbs and Huggins was happy to admit its influence. However, when compared to the painter Edwin Landseer, Huggins felt offended. Stubbs and Landseer were both known for their animal paintings.

Huggins never traveled to distant countries to see animals. Instead, he studied them in publications, traveling circuses and animal shows. Although his animal depictions were praised, this circumstance meant that his backgrounds did not correspond to the natural environment of the animals. Huggins had never seen her in the wild. In particular, his use of colors stands out and was praised many times. His use of glazes was due to his contact with the pre-praapellites. In addition to exotic animals, he also drew horses, cattle and domestic poultry. The art historian Rupert Maas reports on Huggins that he was an eccentric personality who preferred the society of his domestic fowl to the company of humans. In 1845 he added literary themes to his repertoire such as "The Faerie Queen" by Edmund Spenser. In 1846, his painting "Androcies and the Lion" was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts. Until the 70s, he exhibited here again and again paintings, but never became a full member of the Royal Academy. In 1861 he moved to his brother Samuel in Chester. Here he mainly painted buildings. His brother Chester was an author on architecture. Chester Huggins campaigned for the restoration of Chester Cathedral, which William painted. After William Huggins moved to Betws-y-Coed in 1876, he mainly painted landscapes. In 1884 he died in the village of Christleton near Chester in Cheshire. © Meisterdrucke


 
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A Sleeping Tiger, 1876 (pencil u...
1876 | pencil and chalk on paper

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A Sleeping Tiger, 1876 (pencil u...
1876 | pencil and chalk on paper

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Bidestone Farmhouse, 1850
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Bidestone Farmhouse, 1850
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