William Dyce  
William Dyce
William Dyce, (born Sept. 19, 1806, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scot.—died Feb. 14, 1864, London), Scottish painter and pioneer of state art education in Great Britain.

Dyce studied at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, and the Royal Academy schools, London. One of the first British students of early Italian Renaissance painting, he visited Italy in 1825 and 1827–28, meeting in Rome a group of young German painters, the Nazarenes. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, being elected associate of the Royal Academy in 1844 and academician in 1848. In 1830–37 in Edinburgh he made portraits for a livelihood. But his Italian studies led him to anticipate the English Pre-Raphaelites in the quest for a primitivist simplicity and repose in his painting that harked back to the art of 14th- and 15th-century Italy.

At the time of his death Dyce was engaged in painting a series of frescoes for the Houses of Parliament, of which remain the “Baptism of Ethelbert” in the House of Lords (1846) and the “King Arthur” series (1848; unfinished) in the queen’s robing room.

Encyclopædia Britannica


Alexander Webster

Bacchus Nursed by the Nymphs of Nyssa



Christ Enthroned with Saints

Dante and Beatrice

The Daughters of Jethro Defended by Moses

David in the Wilderness

The Descent of Venus

The Descent of Venus

Francesca da Rimini

Francis Humberston, Lord Seaforth (after Thomas Lawrence)

The Garden of Gethsemane

George Herbert at Bemerton, Salisbury

The Goatherd

Head of a Man

Henry VI at Towton, North Yorkshire

The Highland Ferryman

The Honourable Charlotte Noel

The Infant Hercules

Isabella Cay

Jacob meets Rachael at the well

John Small and His Son

The Judgement of Solomon

King Joash Shooting "the Arrow of Deliverance"

King Lear and the Fool in the Storm

The Knights of the Round Table about to Depart in Quest of the Holy Grail

Lamentation over the Dead Christ

Life Study

Lowry William Frederick Dyce

Madonna and Child

Man of Sorrows

The Meeting of Jacob and Rachel

Miss Anne Webster

Miss Hannah Carnegie

Mrs John Clerk Maxwell and Her Son, James

Mrs William Crombie

Neptune Resigning to Britannia the Empire of the Sea

Nicholson Bain

Omnia vanitas

Pegwell Bay, Kent - a Recollection of October 5th 1858

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of Alexander Jardine

Saint Catherine

Saint John Leading Home His Adopted Mother

Scene in Arran

Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole

Sir James McGrigor

St Joseph

Titian Preparing to Make His First Essay in Colouring

View of Loch Lomond

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

Welsh Landscape with Two Ladies Knitting


The Woman of Samaria

Generosity: King Arthur Unhorsed, Spared by Sir Launcelot,


Boy Reclining by a Pool


Cottage Interior


Girl at a Casement


Old Woman