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William S Taylor (1920 - 2010)

Painter, teacher, writer, exhibition organiser and film-maker, born in Sheffield. He studied at Sheffield College of Art, 1936-39, and at the Royal College of Art, 1939-43. He taught at Sheffield College of Art where in 1963 he established the History of Art Department. He was Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at Sheffield Polytechnic, 1972-75. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in art history from Nottingham University. He has organised major shows of Aubrey Beardsley and Edward Burne-Jones at Mappin Art Gallery and made the film Portrait of Beardsley. He has exhibited at the RA, NEAC, at Leicester and Redfern Galleries and in New Zealand and Canada. Taylor's pictures combine figure and landscape with strong Neo-Romantic overtones, and are saturated with lyricism and a sense of longing.  His wife Audrey (Wallis) a talented sculptor and painter who won a scholarship to the RCA 1940-43 was both his model and muse. 

Artist William S Taylor: Audrey combing her hair, 1943
William S Taylor
Audrey combing her hair, 1943  For sale
£645
Artist William S Taylor: Audrey in profile by the artists table
William S Taylor
Audrey in profile by the artist's table  For sale
£945
Artist William S Taylor: Helen, 1942
William S Taylor
Helen, 1942  For sale
£745
Artist William S Taylor: The boat, (Portrait of the artist and his wife) 1952
William S Taylor
The boat  Sold 
Artist William S Taylor: The Sunne Rising, 1951
William S Taylor
The Sunne Rising, 1951  Sold 
Artist William S Taylor: Figure in Landscape, 1953
William S Taylor
Figure in Landscape, 1953  Sold 
Artist William S Taylor: The Studio, Ambleside, 1943
William S Taylor
The Studio, Ambleside, 1943  Sold 
Artist William S Taylor: At the Market, 1938
William S Taylor
At the Market, 1938  Sold