Painting for sale: Beirut Harbor

A rare painting dated 1841 by the short-lived English painter William James Muller, depicting the port at Ras Beirut, is for sale

The watercolor measures 12 x 17 inches and is in excellent condition. The painting was purchased in London in 1970.

Beyrout Harbor, watercolor and gouache

William James Muller
Beyrout  circa 1841
watercolor and gouache (bodycolor) on paper
12 x 17 inches, matted and framed behind glass 

William J. Muller worked a great deal in the southwest of England. Muller also loved to travel around the Mediterranean basin and a portion of these paintings were used to create printing plates that were in turn used in creating handbooks.
The composition of this work is the harbor of Beirut. This painting has been off the market for 45 years; the short life of the artist severely reduced his art output, making this painting very rare.  Additionally, 19th century views of Lebanon are scarcely ever seen for sale.

William James Muller
(English: 1812-1845)

William James Muller was born in Bristol in 1812 to a Prussian émigré and a
Bristol-born mother.  He began drawing at an early age and apprenticed to James Baker Pyne (a follower of Turner) in 1827.  By the early 1830’s Muller has acquired a reputation for the proficiency of his sketching.  His early subjects were the streets of Bristol and the surrounding countryside.  His was influenced by Samuel Jackson and borrowed stylistic elements from Samuel Prout and John Sell Cotman.  This eclectic style continued throughout his career and was a particular strength of his.
Muller’s tragic early death robbed the art world of just how great this artist might have become.  As it is, the rarely-seen works of William James Muller testify to a brilliant talent firmly grounded in technique and with more than enough evidence of genius already discernible

3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Ahmad Salhi said,

    Please contact me Ahmad Salhi for details
    Best
    A

  2. 2

    george bourcier said,

    is MULLER still on the market

  3. 3

    Gabriel El Daher said,

    Is the Beirut view still for sale?
    Please contact at gabydaher@yahoo.com


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