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William Logsdail, 1859-1944

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1859
Place of Birth: Lincoln
Date of Death: 1944
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William Logsdail was a architectural, landscape, portrait and genre painter.


Logsdail studied at Lincoln School of Art under E. R. Taylor and at L'Academie des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp along with his friend Frank Bramley. His works with their plein-air style and rustic subjects, were influenced by those of the Newlyn School. He became particularly known for his large-scale realistic city scenes of London, for example St Martins in the Fields 1888, which was bought by the Chantrey Bequest. He also worked in Antwerp, Venice, Cairo and Sicily, producing similar city panoramas.

Logsdail arrived in Venice in 1880 when JW was working there, and stayed until 1900. His paintings of Venice, for example The Piazza, Venice and Eve of the Regatta were brightly coloured and slightly humorous, and were in marked contrast to the subdued, atmospheric pastels and etchings of the quiet canals and Renaissance palaces of Venice that were being produced by JW at the time.

Logsdail exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1877. He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Society of British Artists.


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