fl. 1835 - 1888
William Bromley was born in London around 1815 and he was the grandson of the renowned engraver William Bromley I (1769-1842). After starting his career as an engraver he turned to painting genre subjects, especially compositions of children playing games or with their pets. Bromley's style, along with that of his contemporaries such as Thomas Webster, RA (1800-1886), was influenced by the work of the Scottish painter Sir David Wilkie, RA (1785-1841) and the Irish artist William Mulready, RA (1786-1863). Wilkie and Mulready had modelled their technique on that of Teniers and the 17th century Flemish School, in depicting scenes of every day life which in themselves told a story.
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