William Dexter (Australian Artist) PAINTING

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 Frame: 18" x 15.75".

Description: WILLIAM DEXTER (Australian, 1818-1860) Watercolor and gouache on board, "Bird Study" (framed) Signed 8 1/2" x 10" (sight, oval)"

SIGNED: Right lower edge of oval. W Dexter.

SUBJECT: Pair Ground Birds and Nest of EGGS.

William Dexter was a painter. He arrived at Sydney in 1852. Dexter and his wife Caroline opened a 'Gallery of Arts and School of Design' in Sydney where he taught painting and drawing. In 1857 he exhibited with the Victorian Society of Fine Arts.

Born in Melbourne, Derbyshire, son of William Bull Dexter, a lace-maker, and Jane, née Smedley. Apprenticed at the Derby China Factory, he became a painter of fruit, flowers and birds, excelling in oriental decoration. In 1839, and again in the early 1840s, he visited France where he worked as a vase painter. In July 1841 Dexter married the feminist Caroline Harper. They lived in Nottingham where, in 1847, William advertised as an artist 'in all the various branches of oil and water colour’ and as a teacher of enamel painting.

The Dexters later moved to London, where William produced watercolours of birds’ nests, flowers, dead birds and game in the manner of the then popular William Henry ('Birds’ Nest’) Hunt. Haslem described Dexter’s versions as 'slight’, but 'executed in a clever and pleasing manner’. He exhibited with the Royal Academy in 1851 and 1852 and with the Society of British Artists at Suffolk Street in the latter year. In 1855, while he was in Australia, his painting The Lark and Her Young was exhibited with the British Institution.

William Dexter - Bird Study