WILLIAM JAMES MÜLLER (Bristol 1812-1845)
Old lobster pots by a coastal track
pencil, watercolor and bodycolor heightened with gum arabic
734 x 1278 in. (19.8 x 32.7 cm)
Bill Thomson; Sotheby's, London, 23 November 1999, lot 23.
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Müller was part of the Bristol School, and studied under James Baker Pyne (1800-1870). His early work took the bucolic surroundings of Gloucestershire and Wales as its subject matter, and drawings such as this one were influenced by painters including Claude Lorrain and Jacob van Ruisdael. In the 1830s and 1840s he made two trips to the Middle East, and it is for the watercolors and pictures made on these trips that he is best known.

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