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(or Webb) was known as a painter of rustic genre, religious and
allegorical subjects, and animals. William James Webbe went by the name
of William J Webbe for his paintings but went by the name of W. J. Webb
when he illustrated books.
He lived in London, travelled abroad to
Düsseldorf and to Jerusalem and the Middle East, and exhibited at the Royal Academy 1853-78, also at the British Institution and Royal Society of British
The style of his paintings, with their detail and high colour,
and the religious and allegorical content of his paintings, -- but
chiefly his visits to the East -- declare him as a follower of Holman
He travelled to Palestine in the 1862. Although not a member of
the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he was close to Holman Hunt, and it is
likely that his style was initially influenced by him.
Webbe exhibited a
small number of faerie pictures in the 1850s but the greater part of
his output was of birds and animals, often with an element of
anthropomorphism, set in minutely observed landscapes that resemble the
Nazarenes as much as the Pre-Raphaelites.
Sphinx Fine Art,
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