Bond was a long-lived Liverpool artist (dying at the age of 93) who became a beloved and picturesque Merseyside institution. Most of his later output has little to do with Pre-Raphaelitism, and he modelled his mature style primarily on Turner, but he began to paint as a protege of John Miller, an early Liverpool collector of Pre-Raphaelite pictures and enthusiastic patron of local artists; his early work, such as this painting, is unmistakeably Pre-Raphaelite in style. Marillier succinctly explains his output at this time, "every square inch of canvas is a separate small picture, and yet there is no loss of breadth or harmony on the whole...[each painting] is a masterpiece of careful and conscientious work" (p. 75). — Maas Gallery, Pre-Raphaelitism. p. 14




Marillier, H.C. . The Liverpool School of Painters. London: John Murray, 1904.

Pre-Raphaelitism. Exhibition catalogue. London: Maas Gallery, 2013.

William Joseph J.C. Bond (1833-1926)

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