The Connoisseur


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The Connoisseur

Framed rare genuine antique advert, published c. 1911 in “The Connoisseur”.

Ingenuity and Creativity were always central for W L Wyllie. He was a truly professional artist, that is, he earned a living from being an artist from a young age. Virtually all of his life he knew that the only thing he wanted to do to make money, was from though his art.

An example of his astute business mind, is his dealings with breakers Hughes Bolckow. In the studio of his final home in Portsmouth, Bill created a mantelpiece from, what is believed, the timbers of the Royal George. The manufacture of his design was carried out by Hughes Bolckow & Co. This company was in the business of breaking old battleships in Blyth, Northumberland. Impressed with Wyllie’s design, they agreed with Bill to start selling the mantelpieces, using the teakwood remains of Britain’s old battleships. Bill painted a watercolour of an elderly gentleman (modelled on himself), reading the paper by the fireplace, pipe and brandy to hand. This watercolour became the source for the advert, which appeared in “The Connoisseur”, a monthly illustrated magazine for ‘collectors’.

Image size 132x230mm

Additional information


Original watercolour by William Wyllie RA. Painting size approx. 135x80mm. Authenticated by Chris Beetles Gallery, London.


Framed size approx. 340x300mm Framed to the standards of the Fine Art Trade Guild, using acid-free conservation materials and Water White anti-reflective, UV-protective glass.


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