Bridge and Figures
The second of the six artist sons of Edward Williams, this artist's original name was Henry John Williams. When he came of age, British landscape was dominated by two giants, Constable and Turner. While Boddington's subjects generally borrowed from the idyllic pastoral typical of Constable, his fresh use of color and atmosphere owed a direct debt to Turner. Trained by his father, as were his brothers, he strove to create an individual style which biographer Jan Reynolds describes thus: ''. . . [his] most characteristic effect is the appearance of a warm day, with the sun just out of the picture, giving a filmy, hazy atmosphere to the landscape, with deep blue shadows adding greater value to the opposing tone of yellow.'' In 1832, he married Clarissa Eliza Boddington and adopted her maiden name to give himself and his paintings more individual identification. In 1842, when only 31, he became the first and only member of his family to be elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. Noted for woodland and village scenes, he exhibited extensively throughout his relatively short lifetime.