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William Collins

(1788-1847), Landscape and genre painter

Sitter associated with 3 portraits
William Collins was a landscape and genre painter. A highly successful artist, his work was better known in his day than that of his rival John Constable. Collins studied art with George Morland, and began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1807. He continued to do so almost every year from 1807 until 1846. Collins was elected an associate member of the Royal Academy in 1814 and became a full member in 1820. He exhibited regularly at the Academy Summer Exhibition. He was the father of the novelist Wilkie Collins, who wrote a biography, Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq., R.A., published in 1848. His younger son, Charles Allston Collins, was also an artist.

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William Collins, by Charles Allston Collins - NPG 1643

William Collins

by Charles Allston Collins
chalk, 1846
NPG 1643

William Collins, by S. Myers, published by  Raphael Tuck & Sons, after  John Linnell - NPG D42597

William Collins

by S. Myers, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, after John Linnell
etching and aquatint, published 1 September 1886
NPG D42597

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William Collins; Sir Francis Grant; Joseph Mallord William Turner; Daniel Maclise

after John George Landseer, after John George Landseer, after Charles Martin, after Unknown artist
woodcut, published 10 May 1845
NPG D39446


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