Horace Walter Gilbert

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Horace Walter Gilbert
Meads near Egham, Surrey

Horace Walter Gilbert (1855-1928) was an English landscape painter during the Victorian era, and a member of the Williams family of painters.

He was born Horace Walter Gilbert-Williams on 6 April 1855 in the Kensington district of London, being the only child of the well-known Victorian landscape painter Arthur Gilbert and Gilbert's second wife Sarah Ann Godfrey. He initially became a landscape painter, like his father, and his older step-sister Kate Gilbert, but ultimately he decided to pursue instead a career as a civil servant and university lecturer. Prior to this, he exhibited at the Royal Academy and at Suffolk Street.[1] He painted mainly landscapes of the Thames River and of the low hills near his home in Surrey, with many of his paintings showing water and/or meadows in the foreground, fronting dense thickets of dark green trees, against a backdrop of cloudy skies. His use of dark greens contrast with the soft earth tones of stark mountain scapes that characterize much of the work of his father.[2] He also painted several nice watercolors of his father's home at De Tillens in Limpsfield, Surrey.[3] He retired to Lancashire, where he died in 1928 in the Prescot registration district.


  1. ^ Graves (1884), p. 93.
  2. ^ Wood (1995), v. 1; Reynolds (1975), p. 30-31.
  3. ^ "Arthur Gilbert biography". Haynes Fine Art of Broadway. Retrieved 18 Oct 2012.


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