William Frederick Witherington
William Frederick Witherington RA (26 May 1785 – 10 April 1865) was an English painter and academic. Born in London, he entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1805. Except for one year he exhibited annually at the Royal Academy from 1811 until his death. He was elected A.R.A. on 1 November 1830 and R.A. on 10 February 1840. He retired as an academician on 28 May 1863.
Witherington enjoyed painting English scenery and never travelled abroad. As with many of his works, he does not depict the harsh realities of rural life, but instead records incidents of family life. Like his contemporary, Augustus Wall Callcott, RA, he creates a composition with a lively foreground of figures and animals, combined with a landscape with distant vistas glimpsed through the wood.
- Samuel Redgrave, A Dictionary of Artists of the English School, London, 1878 (2nd Edition)
- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1900). "Witherington, William Frederick". Dictionary of National Biography. 62. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 270.
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