Spray1939 by Harold Williamson

Harold Williamson was painting master at Bournemouth School of Art from 1926 to 1947 and had previously taught at Manchester School of Art. His students admired his skill at life drawing and knowledge of anatomy, as demonstrated in this painting with the modelling of the swimmer’s back in this virtuoso angle with the vertiginous view to the rock pool below.

Williamson was known to have used his daughter, and her friends, as models for his work. The model for Spray is unknown.

This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy and was bought by Norman Silvester for £50 because of the artist’s local connection.
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