William Joy (1803-1867)
He was the elder brother of John Cantiloe Joy (1806-1866). The brothers, both marine artists of considerable merit, enjoyed a close relationship and frequently worked together throughout their lives. Though they both worked in watercolour, William occasionally also painted in oils. William's work was in general finely painted, with highly detailed treatment of figures, boats and their riggings, and is comparable to many of the Dutch 17th century Masters and to English painters such as Charles Brooking (1723-1759) and Joseph Stannard (1797-1830). Both brothers enjoyed the patronage of several collectors of the day, including Captain Thomas Manby, RN who had an estate in Norfolk.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy, British Institution, and in Norwich. Works are in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, City Art Gallery, Birmingham, Castle Museum, Norwich, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield & elsewhere.