Photo credit: Lincoln College, University of Oxford
J. F. Williams RSA exhibited a painting of this subject as no. 44 at the Liverpool Academy in 1830. He was one of the founder Academicians in 1826 and painted many coastal castles. Could anyone familiar with early nineteenth-century Scottish landscape painting tell us whether this is compatible with his style?
The collection comments: ‘[We] had a good look at the painting with a torch, but couldn’t see any signature. The lower part of the painting, where one would expect it to be, is very dark indeed and although the torch shows up some details that are otherwise hidden, there’s nothing that could be interpreted as a name.’
This was sold by Christie's in 2011:
But is J Williams the artist who signed that painting really J F Williams RSA?
A Williams castle, c. 1830:
Getty ULAN gives John Francis Williams as an alternative name for James Francis Williams (1785–1846), but he appears to be better known as James.