Born in Barnsley in 1851, William Mellor devoted his life to travelling the British Isles, and painting the romantic, light dappled landscapes of North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Wales and the Lake District. Although William’s father Joseph was a professional landscape painter, the family were by no means wealthy, and had cause to fall back on the family trade of linen weaving from time to time. William himself, along with his sister Emmeline, spent time as a loom turner, before finding success as an artist.
William Mellor’s landscapes are imbued with an idyllic sensibility, as equally grand as they are tranquil. William is particularly regarded for his expert rendering of natural light, rich colour palette and classical composition. Today his paintings hang in national collections, as well as surfacing at auctions and antique centres around the country.
William died in Harrogate in 1931, but not before tutoring his son, the artist Everett Watson Mellor, in the finer techniques and craft of landscape painting.
This particular restoration included a full clean, application of patch to repair the pictured tear, retouch and final varnish.