Framed original watercolour painting of two fishing boats besides a fisherman’s cottage. Signed by the artist, WJJC Bond at the bottom left of the painting.
William Joseph Julius Caesar Bond was born in 1833 and died in 1926. Known as “Alphabet” Bond, he was a landscape painter in oils and watercolour was born in Liverpool where he was apprenticed to a picture restorer and dealer. He lived at Caernarvon and later at Liverpool where he became a member of the Academy in 1859.
He was a keen sailor and mainly painted landscapes of coastal and harbor scenes. His subjects are usually from Cheshire, Wales and Anglesey. He produced a view of St Sampson, Guernsey, dated 1871 and views of Jersey are also known. His style varied during his lifetime and he was capable of painting in minute detail, influenced by Millais, or more expressively like Turner. Bond was known for his ability to work on a small scale. He has often painted on canvases that range between very wide limits of size – from tiny vignettes a few inches square, to fairly large canvases.
Exhibited at Society of British Artists – Suffolk Street, twice at the Royal Academy 1856, member 1859.
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