Walter William Ouless

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Walter William Ouless
Walter William Ouless, by Walter William Ouless.jpg
Self-portrait (1918)
Born(1848-09-21)21 September 1848
Died25 December 1933(1933-12-25) (aged 85)
Known forPortrait painting

Walter William Ouless RA (21 September 1848 – 25 December 1933)[1][2] was a British portrait painter from Jersey. He became an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1877 and a full member (RA) in 1881.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in 1848 at 53 Paradise Row, New Street, Saint Helier, at the home where his father, marine artist Philip John Ouless, had established his studio in the previous year. His mother was Caroline Savage. He was educated at Victoria College and went to London in 1864, where he entered the Royal Academy schools in 1865. His earliest work was in the field of genre painting, but his compatriot Millais advised him to concentrate on portrait painting, in which field he established a successful career. In later life he turned to landscape painting.

Ouless was "one of the best-known portraitists of the latter years of the nineteenth century",[3] regarded as an "impressive exponent of character".[4]

He was a volunteer in the Artists Rifles. His daughter Catherine Ouless (1879–1961) also achieved success as an artist.


Ouless exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1869, in the British Section of the Chicago Exhibition of 1893,[5] and of the Paris Exhibition of 1900.[6]



  1. ^ "Walter William Ouless – Artist – Royal Academy of Arts".
  2. ^ "Walter William Ouless RA – Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851–1951".
  3. ^ Edmund von Mach, The Art of Painting in the Nineteenth Century (London, 1908), p. 84.
  4. ^ Frank F. Frederick, "Painting of the Nineteenth Century in England, Scotland and America", Fine Arts Journal 34:7 (1916), p. 326.
  5. ^ Royal Commission for the Chicago Exhibition, Official Catalogue of the British Section, 1893.
  6. ^ B. Kendell, "British Painters and Sculptors at the Paris Exhibition", The Artist (American Edition), Vol. 28, No. 247 (August 1900), p. 152.
  • Dictionary of Painters of the Channel Islands, Philip Stevens, Jersey 2002, ISBN 0951816284

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