Rydal Waters, Near Ambleside, Westmoreland

by William Mellor


MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 16 x 24 inches/ 40.6 x 61 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘William Mellor’ (Lower Left)

Catalogue No: 7131 Categories: , Tags: , , , , ,

William Mellor was a 19th century British landscape artist, best known for his picturesque scenes of rivers and meadows across North Wales, Yorkshire and the Lake District.

This painting depicts a scenic view of Rydal Waters, Near Ambleside, Westmoreland. Mellor skilfully depicts the sunlight shining onto the luminous and reflective lake from behind the edge of the land, inviting the viewer into the tranquil setting.

Mellor mostly preferred to paint in summer and early fall and was known for his ability to reproduce the peaceful side of nature in its bountiful beauty. As we can see here, Mellor uses warm hues of red, orange and brown in the foreground to delicately render the trees and foliage in a detailed manner, which is further contrasted with the cooler tones of the sky in the background.

Private collection, United Kingdom

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William Mellor was a 19th century British landscape artist, best known for his picturesque scenes of rivers and meadows across North Wales, Yorkshire and the Lake District.

Born in Barnsley, England in 1851, Mellor received much of his artistic education from his father’s studio who was also a landscape painter, Joseph Mellor. He lived in Yorkshire throughout his life, residing in Ikley, Scarborough and last of all Harrogate. Although, he also travelled widely across the United Kingdom, being inspired by the vast landscapes. The English countryside especially, offered up some of the most poetic and beautiful landscapes in the world.

In 1876 he married Mary Elizabeth Watson from Ouzlewell Green, Leeds. He would move his family regularly probably to gain work through commissions or patronage. Mellor didn’t exhibit in London but his works frequently appear on the market.

Many examples of William’s paintings appear for sale in galleries, auctions and antiques centres. Some are also held in museums and galleries hosting national and local art collections.

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