The New International Encyclopædia/Muller, William John

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MULLER, William John (1812-45). An English landscape and figure painter, born at Bristol. He studied with James Pyne, landscape painter, and in 1833 exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy, the “Destruction of Old London Bridge, Morning.” He spent seven months traveling in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, and in 1838 he visited Greece and Egypt. In 1841 he published his “Picturesque Sketches of the Age of Francis I.,” and joined the Government expedition to Lycia, the results of which were paintings of Oriental life and scenery, five of which were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1845. Among these are “The Tent,” “Xanthus,” the “Burial-Ground at Smyrna,” and “Head of a Cingari.” In the National Gallery are some fine Welsh landscapes, and a clever Lycian sketch, both in oil, and in the South Kensington Museum are several water-color drawings. Muller died at Bristol. His art was original, his selections were good, his color was pure and strong.