William John Wainwright

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William John Wainwright
Born 1855
Died 1931
Residence Birmingham, England
Education Birmingham School of Art
Occupation Painter
Organization Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

William John Wainwright PRBSA (1855–1931) was a painter who spent most of his life in Birmingham, England.

Early life[edit]

Wainwright trained at the Birmingham School of Art under the headship of Edward R. Taylor, and started his career as an apprentice at the stained-glass firm Hardman & Co.[1] In 1879, Wainwright founded the Birmingham Art Circle with four other artists including Walter Langley.[2]

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists[edit]

A look of horror (oil on canvas)
William John Wainwright, Painter, 15, Wellington Rd, Edgbaston
Wainwright's entry in the RBSA members' register; in his own hand

Wainwright was associated with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) for 50 years until his death in 1931.[3] During that time he achieved a number of ‘firsts’ being one of the first Associate members in 1881, the first President chosen from the ranks of the membership in 1927, and the first to have a solo exhibition of his works in 1928.[4]


  1. ^ Turner, Walter (1935). W.J. Wainwright RWS, RBSA. Birmingham: Cornish Brothers Ltd. pp. 2 and 85. 
  2. ^ Langley, Roger (2011). Walter Langley: From Birmingham to Newlyn. Bristol: Sansom and Company. p. 22. 
  3. ^ RBSA Gallery (2011). Exhibition Catalogue for Birmingham Artist William John Wainwright (1855-1931): Characters and Costumes. Birmingham. 
  4. ^ Hill, Joseph; Midgley, William (1928). The History of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Birmingham. p. 43.