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Henry Brittan Willis (1810-1884), Landscape painter and printmaker

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 2 portraits
The son of a Bristol artist, Willis gained a reputation in London in the 1840s for his paintings of cattle and landscapes. His special preference for painting cows and sheep distinguished Willis from other painters of the time. He exhibited from 1821 to 1862, mainly at the Royal Academy and at the British Institution in Pall Mall. Willis was elected as a member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1863. During his lifetime and after his death his reputation was eclipsed by that of Constable, but his work has since enjoyed a revival.

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Eliza Cook

by Henry Brittan Willis, after John Watkins
lithograph, 1840s-1850s
NPG D34087


Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

by Henry Brittan Willis, printed by M & N Hanhart, after James Palmer
lithograph, circa 1850
NPG D39597