History and genre painter; born 1823 in London. Prize-winning student at Royal Academy Schools, where exhibited annually 1844–93, but never elected a member; regularly exhibited at the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists; travelled to Italy 1851 and Middle East 1862 and 1867; his output was prolific and varied, across a range of styles and including sentimental, biblical and mythological subjects, portraits and orientalist pictures; examples of his work held by Tate, Glasgow City Art Galleries and Museums and Art Gallery of New South Wales; 
died 1909.Magdalene Keaney
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1) Dafforne 1869, pp.373–5; Champlin & Perkins 1886, vol.2, p.106.
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Champlin & Perkins 1888
Champlin, J.D., and C.C. Perkins, Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings
, 4 vols, New York, 1888.
Dafforne, J., ‘British Artists, their Style and Character: no. LXXXIX, William Gale’, Art Journal
, 1869, pp.363–7.
Hacking, J., Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield
, exh. cat., NPG, London, 2000.Magda Keaney