W.J. Williams and his paintings, Graham J. Williams

Vol 42 no 3, August 2020
Article from Vol 42 no 3, August 2020

W.J. Williams and his paintings, Graham J. Williams


In 2018, Dr Andrew Montana restored William Joseph Williams (1851–1918) as the artist responsible for the late 19th-century painted decoration in South Australia at Ayers House, the Museum of Economic Botany, Rigby’s bookshop, Trew’s South Australian Club Hotel and probably Para Para.1 Now the artist’s grandson Graham Williams adds a new and personal perspective, based on his family’s recollections of W. J. Williams. He illustrates some of his “lost” paintings, after the family serendipitously re-discovered a stash of them in a wardrobe put up for auction.

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