William S Taylor:
The Sunne Rising, 1951
Mounted (ref: 1071)
Inscribed with title, dated, signed and numbered 22/50
Etching, 9 x 6 3/4 in. (23 x 17 cm.)
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist
Taylor's pictures combine figure and landscape with strong Neo-Romantic overtones, and are saturated with lyricism and a sense of longing. His compositions are frequently set in the artist's Devonshire garden and usually include portraits of his wife, Audrey, (as in this etching), who was a fellow artist.
The model is the artist's wife Audrey Wallis, (1919-1997).
Wallis was a sculptor and painter, was born in Whitchurch, Devon. She attended Leicester College of Art, 1936-40 and then won a scholarship to the RCA 1940-43. She was awarded a silver medal and a distinction for her work there and spent the next five years teaching art in York and Rotherham. She taught at Sheffield College of Art from 1948-80.