British landscape and marine painter William Joseph Julius Caesar Bond was a prominent member of the nineteenth century Liverpool School of artists.
Born in the Lancashire village of Knotty, Ash, William J J C Bond was apprenticed to Thomas Griffiths, a Liverpool picture dealer and restorer before largely training himself as an artist.
Aged 23 Bond became an Associate of the Liverpool Academy. William J J C Bond is known for his dramatic landscapes and coastal scenes painted in oil in places easily accessible from Liverpool such as fashionable North Wales.
The landscapes and coastlines of North Wales were well known and much frequented by the wealthy families of nineteenth century Liverpool, many of whom built their summer homes there.
The Romantic paintings of J. M. W. Turner proved a striking influence upon Bond as did the contemporary work of the avant-garde Pre-Raphaelites. However, Bond developed his own distinctive and sophisticated style that often exudes an Impressionistic rendering of colour.
Although William J J C Bond exhibited in London between 1857 and 1881 (Royal Academy, Society of British Artists and the Grosvenor Gallery) he spent all of his life in Liverpool.
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