Life and death of famous marine artist

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On this day in 1931 the marine artist William Lionel Wyllie died.

Born in London in 1851, Wyllie first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1868. In the early 1870s he started work as an illustrator for the Graphic, producing illustrations of maritime subjects.

Wyllie moved to Tower House overlooking the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and, at the suggestion of Lord Baden Powell, organised a Sea Scouts troop and also co-founded Portsmouth Sailing Club.

He became closely involved with the Royal Navy and depicted First World War scenes and events.

Late in life Wyllie became increasingly interested in naval history and campaigned for the restoration of HMS Victory.

In 1923 he laid the foundation stone for the Royal Naval Museum and painted a panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar there which was unveiled by King George V – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.

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