John William North

John William North, Victorian painter
Victorian painter John William North was known for his landscapes in both oil and watercolor.

He secured work as an illustrator at an early age, but eventually abandoned his successful career in that field to pursue landscape painting full time.

He was instrumental in the creation of a new, more durable linen-based watercolor paper, and was noted for his technique of applying watercolor in series of small dots of color. Unfortunately, examples of his work online are not plentiful and few of these are his watercolors.

There is a beautiful example of his watercolor work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which can be viewed and downloaded in high resolution; I previously featured it as one of my Eye Candy Posts.

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