William Woodhouse

Artist Biography

Following in the footsteps of British animalier Sir Edwin Landseer, William Woodhouse painted sympathetic and nostalgic portraits of working animals – especially hunting dogs and horses – during his career. Born to a family of fishermen in Morecambe, England, Woodhouse’s talent was recognized during his early school years and he later attended the Mechanics Institute in Lancaster where he took courses in art.  Although he painted portraits and landscapes, his specialty was the portrayal of animals whose animate expressions he deftly translated into human emotions.  Woodhouse exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy, British Institution, Royal Scottish Academy, and Royal Society of Artists. Today, his works may be seen at the Lancaster City Museum, England.  Notably, a monograph on the artist was published in 2006 under the title Accolade to an Artist, The Life and Work of William Woodhouse 1857–1939.

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